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Gender differences in Victorian funerary sculpture

June Hadden Hobbs, the editor of the Association for Gravestone Studies publication, Markers XXIX, , made an observation about nineteenth-century cemetery design (pages 4 and 5) writing that, “statues of men are historical while statues of women are usually allegorical.” … Continue reading

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Apparitions in gossamer gowns that fade into the murky night air

One of my favorite episodes of the Andy Griffith Show, Three Wishes for Opie, came in the 5th season when Barney and Goober went to an auction. Barney came back from the auction holding a gypsy’s box that contained a … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Hereafter AKA Grief

Henry Brooks Adams February 16, 1838 – March 27, 1918 —- Marian “Clover” Hooper Adams September 13, 1843 – December 6, 1885 Henry Adams, the scion of the great and influential Adams family was a journalist, an historian and a … Continue reading

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Eternal Disdain

  MATTIE S. RAYBURN WIFE OF W. H. RAYBURN 1836 – 1891. BISHOP AND MRS. RAYBURN WHAT THEREFORE GOD HATH JOINED TOGETHER LET NOT MAN PUT ASUNDER. MATT. 19 CHAPT. 6V. A few weeks ago, my son and I drove … Continue reading

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Crucifix

One of the things that I love about cemeteries, large and small, is the beautiful and moving artwork that you come across. The crucifix on the gravestone in the Rock Creek Cemetery at Washington, D.C., is not a traditional representation. … Continue reading

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Seat of the Mighty Oak

The rustic movement of the mid-nineteenth century was characterized by designs that were made to look like they were from the country. Elegant and slim curved lines in furniture gave way to bulkier and heavier forms made from pieces that … Continue reading

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There is no Death

ANNE SIMON “A SOUL WHOSE EYES WERE KEENER THAN THE SUN A SOUL WHOSE WINGS WERE WIDER THAN THE WORLD” “There is no Death” The souring angel in the Rock Creek Cemetery at Washington, D.C., that marks the grave of … Continue reading

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