Archive for August 14th, 2010

Josef Balonzan

In this post, I showed you porcelain portraits of East Cleveland Township Cemetery.


The memorial art form had a limited lifespan. Yalom argues in her book that as the southern and eastern European immigrants and their children and grandchildren assimilated into United States culture, they discarded folkways and traditions from Europe. Part of this assimilation was adopting more “American” funeral traditions, including memorial art. And so porcelain portraits decreased in popularity, at least for a while.

Frank Barresi

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