Category Archives: Symbolism

The Post Grand Sire

The cartouche on the face of the plinth is badly worn and eroded but is discernible: Frederick D. Stuart Post Grand Sire I.O.O.F. Born in Poughkeepsie N. Y. July 11, 1811 Died in Washington, D.C. January 25, 1878 Frederick D. … Continue reading

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The Helmet

ALEXANDER MACOMB MAJOR GENERAL COMMANDING-IN-CHIEF UNITED STATES ARMY DIED AT WASHINGTON THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT 25 JUNE 1841 IT WERE BUT A SMALL TRIBUTE TO HIS MEMORY TO SAY THAT IN YOUTH AND MANHOOD, HE SERVED HIS COUNTRY IN THE … Continue reading

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The Mighty Cannon

The Mighty Cannon Near the entrance of the Rosehill Cemetery in the Northside of Chicago is a monument dedicated to Battery A of the Chicago Light Artillery unit.  According to a newspaper account from the time of the dedication, the … Continue reading

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His Empty Cradle

  JOSEPH DENNIS WING JUNE 20, 1909 MARCH 5, 1912 A little time on earth he spent Till God for him his angel sent. For me, the most poignant and tender gravestones are those for children because in the sweep … Continue reading

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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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…that immortal sea…

Anna Dorinda Blaksley Barnes Bliss 1851-1935 Anna Bliss was a generous benefactor to many charities including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Natural History in New York and the Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.  Mrs. Bliss was … Continue reading

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Stained Glass Pieta

Many mausoleums have a window in the rear part of the tomb—often made of stained glass. Many of these windows are hand painted works of art, most often depicting religious symbolism or religious figures. This stained glass and hand-painted window … Continue reading

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