Category Archives: Saving Graces

Flatware and Bronze Doors

The doors to mausoleums are often imbued with symbolism.  In fact, the door itself represents a portal.  Portals come in many forms—a door, a window, even your eyes and your mouth are considered portals.  Many superstitions about death concern portals, … Continue reading

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Escorts on the journey ahead

The modest mausoleum in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx was built for Charles Waite Waller (March 20, 1870-January 19, 1927) and his wife, Rose Ann Hutchcroft Waller.  Charles was born in the tiny coastal village of Anderby, England, with … Continue reading

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James Cash Penny, Jr.

The light gray granite mausoleum belongs to J. C. Penny (September 16, 1875 – February 12, 1971) the American businessman and department chain founder that bears his name. The mausoleum is relatively plain, except for the elaborate repeating pattern surrounding … Continue reading

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The Gates Mausoleum

  The Gates Mausoleum (not Bill Gates, who is very much alive) in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is a massive display of wealth.  Robert “Bet-a-Million” Warne Gates, who made a fortune manufacturing and selling barbed wire and founding … Continue reading

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Mourning Figure

MORAN Mary to her Savior’s tomb Hasted at the early dawn Spice she brought and rich perfume. KATHERINE A.         LINUS JAMES J. The Design Hints for Memorial Craftsmen was an industry publication for stone cutters and monuments … Continue reading

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Victorian Weepers

  In David Robinson’s book, Saving Graces, mourning figures from some of the most famous cemeteries in Europe depict sculptures of beautiful, young, and voluptuous women often wearing revealing clothing as they mourn the dead. Often these sepulchral figures are … Continue reading

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Neo-classical mourning figure

IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOHN SPENCER BORN 1811 – DIED 1854 CATHERINE SPENCER BORN 1811 – DIED 1874 MARY ANN SPENCER BORN 1840 – DIED 1919   Adolph Alexander Weinman (December 11, 1870 – August 8, 1952) was a noted … Continue reading

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