Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cemetery Postcards: The First Real Postcards

The first true postcards had no space for messages.  The photograph took up the entire front of the card, while the back of the card was blank.  The address was meant to stand alone there, as it would on the … Continue reading

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Cemetery of the Week #48: Kawaiaha’o Churchyard

Kawaiaha’o Church 957 Punchbowl Street at King Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-5042 Telephone: (808) 522-1333 Church founded: 1820 Oldest known burial: 1825 Size: 3 acres Number of interments: more than 900 A product of the original Mission Church movement founded in … Continue reading

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Cemetery Postcards: the Earliest Years

The earliest postcards weren’t actually postcards at all.  They were trade cards, designed to be collected as souvenirs for the pictures on their faces.  Their reverses were filled with advertising text.  Cleverly designed, they were advertisements that people chose to … Continue reading

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Cemetery of the Week #47: Postman’s Park

Postman’s Park King Edward Street, London EC1 United Kingdom Park founded: 1850 Size: less than an acre Number of interments: perhaps none Hours: None listed. It seems the park is always open. Not far from the Museum of the City … Continue reading

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Free lectures at Cypress Lawn

I’ve been invited to speak at Cypress Lawn in Colma, California on April 15 at 2 p.m.  My talk will be about cemeteries as travel destinations, of course. I’m looking forward to hearing where other people have been. More details … Continue reading

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