Stephen G. Venets cross, Oakwood Cemetery, Falls Church, VA. Photo: author.

The Venets cross was at a quite fresh burial. I suspected it was temporary until a stone monument could arrive. The visible deformation of the wood by the mallet and the chisel strokes of the name are nice touches. Sort of “old west.”

Daniel Brown vernacular tombstone with doll. Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author.

MAY 27 1850
+ 1935 +

I presume there is a story, lost like tears in rain, to the little blue-eyed baby doll immured in this marker. It’s a nice home-made effort of cast concrete. The reversed N forms are touching, as is the interesting substitution of active for passive participle.

Unknown vernacular tombstone. Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Photo: author.

It’s a pity that the little plaque that once bore this marker’s message has fallen out. It’s a really interesting design. There is the slotted base which acts as a mortise, and the marker itself fits into the slot like a tenon. While the home cast concrete with wee gravel aggregate is not my first choice for a surface, I am 100% behind the cake-frosting technique for the flowers and the clouds (sky?) arching above.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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