28 November 2009

War & Veterans, part 1

A few war-related headstone photos. [edit: part 2 here]

From Middleville Cemetery in Middleville, NY:

Harold McGraw, Pvt, US Army, 1904-1986: this (un)lucky fellow made it through both World Wars.

Roger W. Agne, New York, Cpl 28 AAF ADRM GP World War II, April 24, 1928-April 28, 1948. The headstone is not interesting in and of itself, but notice the birth and death dates. If correct, Agne was only 20 (almost to the day) when he died three years after the end of WW2... meaning he was only 17 at that time. Enlistment age with parental consent seems to have been 17, but he would have needed at least a little time to rise to the rank of corporal, which suggests that he was one of those who lied about his age to enlist.

There were also several graves of men who had served in the War of 1812, like this one for Hopestill Bradford (also a peculiar name):

From DeWitt Cemetery in DeWitt, NY:

Ethel M. Glasford, 1st Lt US Army, World War II, May 27, 1917, Dec 19, 2005
Another plain headstone, but the rank of 1st Lieutenant accompanying a woman's name caught my eye.I tracked down her obituary and it turns out she was in the Army Nurse Corps in the Philippines at the end of WW2. (Reading her obituary also taught me that at one time, stewardesses--her prior occupation to the Nurse Corps-- were required to be RNs.)

From the Granary Burial Ground in Boston, MA:

From a precursor to an older war, the tombstone for the victims of the Boston Massacre

Anchors Aweigh

This time, a nautical motif: the presence of anchors on headstones.

From St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery in Syracuse, NY:

Several statues resting their left hands on anchors

An anchor overlapped by a cross

From Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, NY:

An anchor tied to an abbreviated column. There's also a feather engraved on the base.

25 November 2009

Little shoes

A pair of shoes and socks on the headstone of a deceased toddler, from St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery:

22 November 2009


I love the idea of a bench-shaped headstone. It's big, it's different, and it's nice to sit down on after wandering around.

From Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, NY:
(Thank you, Campbells. I will remember you/your gravestone fondly.)

bench headstone picture

From Jamesville Walnut Grove Cemetery in Jamesville, NY:

bench headstone picture

20 November 2009

Au Naturale

A collection of headstone pictures that were inspired by nature, with slight emphasis on the tree trunk headstone.

From Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, NY:

tree trunk headstone

tree trunk headstone

From the Jamesville Walnut Grove Cemetery in Jamesville, NY:

The simple boulder look:

tree trunk headstone

 This one is actually modeled after a log, complete with rings and a small branch stump.

log headstone

From Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY:

(Pardon the raindrops; the visit to this cemetery was somewhat interrupted by a storm and I just tried getting some pictures from the dryness of my car)

tree trunk headstone

This headstone's ornamentation is a little hard to see, but it's wrought iron grapevines set into granite.

grapevine headstone

This isn't strictly nature-derived, but I liked how the cross was made to look like a cross propped up by stones and grown over by vines.

natural cross headstone

09 November 2009

Shapes and Forms

An assortment of headstones that were strikingly shape-based.

From Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, NY:

cylindrical headstones

A rounded, cylindrical obelisk....

round obelisk

Cylinders and sphere....
sphere headstone

From earlier posts: pyramidal mausoleum (second & third images)

From Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY:

cubical headstone
cubical headstone

From earlier posts: rectangular prism obelisk (first image)

02 November 2009

Over Seas Nurse

From Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Syracuse, NY:

 Edna A. Winshurst
Army nurse over seas

I initially thought that the service date had something to do with WW1, perhaps, before it occurred to me that the war would have been officially over (but still plenty of clean-up to be sure). The Flu Pandemic of 1918 (aka the Spanish Flu) would've been at work however.