Category Archives: Symbolism

The Lamb

Walk into nearly any American graveyard and you will find tiny little lambs marking the graves of children mostly. These lambs are often found on the tops of gravestones and comes in many sizes and positions—often curled up and sleeping, … Continue reading

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Allegory vs Realism; Female vs Male Depictions

A few posts ago, I quoted June Hadden Hobbs, the editor of the Association for Gravestone Studies publication, Markers XXIX, who made an observation about nineteenth-century cemetery design (pages 4 and 5) writing that, “statues of men are historical while … Continue reading

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A Baby Saved

IN MEMORY OF VOLUNTEER FIREMEN CO’S No. 1,2,3,4, & 5. & H & L. CO No. 1. ERECTED 1902 Firefighting Companies were vital to all communities which could be swept away by fire.  Entire communities could be lost to flame, … Continue reading

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The Plumed Warrior in Stained Glass

The plumed warrior in stained glass in the Mount Carmel Cemetery at Hillsdale, Illinois, features an angel wearing armor, carrying a  shield, an wielding a sword indicate that the winged angel represented here is the Archangel Michael, one of three … Continue reading

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HER CAT, HER ONLY FRIEND

There has always been a debate between dog and cat lovers about which furry little friend makes the best companion. I have many friends who have cats galore and swear by them, while others like myself, have dogs and always … Continue reading

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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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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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