Vernacular monuments III

John Tobey marker, 1951, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. 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. John Tobey plaque, Mt. Olivet […]

Vernacular monuments II

Pietro Cordani monument, Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author 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 […]

Vernacular monuments

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 […]