Vernacular monuments III

John Tobey has a marker about a meter from this wonderful, wonderful concrete cross with embedded marbles at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C. There is nothing else nearby, so I assume the cross was made for his grave. I infer that the plaque’s single date is meant to be read as a birth and […]

Vernacular monuments II

QUI RIPOSAPIETROCORDANIN[ato]. 1909 M[orto]. 1911 Here liesPietroCordaniB[orn] 1909 D[ied] 1911 Once again we find a cast slab of concrete with visible aggregate. I see a crude cross above the inserted inscription, and it seems to me that the inscription is on a ticket that was poured and incised after the main tablet. The letters appear […]

Vernacular monuments

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 BROWNBORNMAY 27 1850DIED OCT 11933MISING BYOLL+ 1935 + I presume there […]