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Swan Song

The intricately carved white swan set on a highly polished black granite base in the Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany, Indiana, is only second such gravestone I have come across, likely carved by the same stone carver—the other in … Continue reading

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The Church Window

Generally, I write about older gravestones from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.  I usually find them to be more interesting with symbolism that is intriguing and sometimes forgotten or obscure.  Or I write about statuary found in graveyards that … Continue reading

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Grave Goods

When mementos such as, coins, pebbles, teddy bears, and whiskey bottles are left on a grave, they are referred to as “grave goods.” Coins Since ancient times, the imagery of the boat to ferry a soul from one realm to … Continue reading

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John Gately Downey Born June 24, 1827 – Castlesampson, Ireland Died March 1, 1894 – Los Angeles, California   Maria Jacinta Guirado Downy Born September 10, 1835 – Los Angeles, California Died January 19, 1883 – Tehachapi, California   Rose … Continue reading

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Raphael’s Iconic Cherubs

Joseph T. Poheim Born March 19, 1847 – Died December 1, 1905 Katherine D. Poheim Born January 1858 – Died September 16, 1924 Hugo G. Poheim Born December 22, 1880 – Died September 16, 1954 Arthur T. Poheim Born September … Continue reading

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Exotic Revival Architecture

William Allen Rawson Born November 2, 1810 – Craftsbury, Orleans County, Vermont Died September 11, 1879 – Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa . Julia A. Root Rawson Born January 21, 1818 – Montague, Franklin County, Massachusetts Died July 31, 1865 … Continue reading

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Tools of the Trade

William Pope McArthur Born April 2, 1814, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Died December 23, 1850, Panama The tall white marble gravestone in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. is a cenotaph—empty tomb.  According to the June 15th, 1854, Evening Star, there … Continue reading

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