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The Evolution of the Death’s Head

Originally, the Puritans in America forbade any decoration on their gravestones.  The earliest markers that still exist show only names and occasionally the death date.  Later, the prohibition eased to the point that ornamentation on gravestones were okay, as long … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

One of the things that makes me happiest when I poke around graveyards is to see the connections between peoples in various different locations. Like any other facet of human behavior, fashions sweep through graveyards. Suddenly people from coast to … Continue reading

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A take-along guide to cemeteries

Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by Douglas Keister My rating: 4 of 5 stars I snatched this book off the shelf as soon as my eye landed on it. It has long surprised me … Continue reading

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Beautiful gravestone motifs

Graven Images: Graphic Motifs of the Jewish Gravestone by Arnold Schwartzman My rating: 5 of 5 stars What an indispensable little book this is! It collects 240 full-color photographs of motifs on Jewish gravestones, breaking them down into family symbols, … Continue reading

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