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Early american life insurance: goat rituals and tree stump headstones

Woodmen of the World was a fraternal society formed by the conveniently named Joseph Cullen Root, who wanted to form a group that would "clear away problems of financial security for its members," in a time before Social Security, when life insurance could actually be a threat to people's lives. How do you expand your membership and ensure members pay their dues? Lodge initiation devices, initially created by Ed DeMoulin and his brothers, Erastus and Ulysses, whose workshop became known locally as the Goat Factory. And tree-trunk shaped headstones were a nice benefit for members who had passed. They're parts of Goat Rituals and Tree-Trunk Gravestones: The Peculiar History of Life Insurance [Via Presurfer] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 25, 2016 - 20 comments

I Am Only Going Into Another Room

"101 ways to say died: in this project, I will be cataloging all the synonyms for "died" that appear in early American epitaphs." Courtesy of Vast Public Indifference: history, grad school, and gravestones. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Apr 22, 2013 - 51 comments

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany: The Mother-lode. [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Aug 14, 2011 - 9 comments

Luna Commons

Luna Commons is a database of sixteen free digital image collections built using Luna Imaging's Insight software. And there's a lot of cool stuff, well over a hundred thousand images all available for download in good resolution. Here are some of the collections featured: Pratt Institute Fashion Plate Collection, The Farber Gravestones Collection, Maps of Africa, Cornell Political Americana Collection and the The Estate Collection of art by HIV+ artists. The advanced search allows you to search across all collection, for example seeing everything across all collections about animals or New York or your birthyear. Whatever you look for, it's gonna bring up a boatload of interesting images.
posted by Kattullus on Feb 20, 2010 - 4 comments

Britain's Weirdest Tombstones

IN MEMORY OF
HANNAH TWYNNOY
Who died October 23rd 1703
Aged 33 Years.
In bloom of Life
She’s snatched from hence,
She had not room
To make defence;
For Tyger fierce
Took Life Away.
And here she lies
In a bed of Clay,
Until the Resurrection Day

In anticipation of Halloween, BBC History magazine announces the winner (pdf link) of its "Mysterious Memorials" contest. (It's not the one above.) View the complete list of runners-up here.
posted by saslett on Oct 29, 2007 - 9 comments

GEORGE IZZO LOONEY

DieKus. Haikus made out of pictures of gravestones, being plastered around New York City by a mysterious artist named Nick Beef. (whose name has some mysterious origins of its own)
posted by fungible on Jul 24, 2007 - 18 comments

Stone Cold

It's never too late to declare your support for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
posted by digaman on Aug 23, 2005 - 49 comments

Grave Goods

Taphophiles, Rejoice! Northstar Galleries offers a collection of grave images from around the world. Of particular interest is an essay and gallery on "Sensuality in Memorial Art." But if potentially NSFW stone nudes are not your thing, you can search the Farber Gravestone Collection's archive of over thirteen thousand image database of pre-1800 American gravestones, more than enough for a melancholy afternoon.
posted by robocop is bleeding on Apr 12, 2004 - 6 comments

I used to be a grave rubber, but after seeing this (warning: slow page load), I'm thinking before long the :cue:cat is going to be the better medium.
posted by luser on May 16, 2001 - 7 comments

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