There is a very well documented page at the Engraved website which collects examples of cast and wrought iron funerary markers created by the William Adams Foundry in Philadelphia. My title here repeats the title there because I wish only to extend the record with two significant finds in Rosemont Cemetery in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

Though the markers (figure 1) have only minimal anagraphic data, thanks to the essay at Engraved we know that they must postdate 1903, when the foundry adopted the name as given on the back of the markers here (figure 2). Cora died at age 4, and one imagines that Hervy might have also died as a child; the markers would be cheaper alternatives to stones, economy being a common expedient in commemorating dead children because the parents are younger and not so flush as they are when they come to set up their own markers late(r) in life. I think the two markers were of the same type originally; if I read Hervy’s marker correctly, it had a swag like Cora’s but the swag has broken off. I didn’t see any other Shoemaker markers in the vicinity.

I imagine that Adams sold these markers partly on the “modern” idea of the convenience of hanging flowers on the built-in hook.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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