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Walking through Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Ashtabula a few weeks ago, I snapped the photograph above. Why? Because I recognized the monument style as being almost identical to something I had seen before in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.

Sure enough, when I got home and compared the photographs, the similarities were striking.

Mercedes Escobar

I probably shouldn’t be surprised by this at this point, but it still gives me a little thrill when I can bring together photographs from two different cemeteries. First of all, the funerary industry is a business, and it isn’t surprising that a monument might be duplicated and appear in more than one place. And even if the monuments aren’t identical, the aesthetic and symbolism were a shared cultural experience, so artists would reach for the same set of images when creating memorials.

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