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Those of you who have been reading for a while are aware of my affection for zinc monuments, or zinkers. While they were being sold, they were marketed as “white brass,” but, really, they’re zinc. Weather and age give them a unique patina that ranges from gray to a pale blue, depending on how the light is hitting it. They aren’t terribly common, but most cemeteries that date from the later 19th or early 20th centuries have at least one. Once you locate one, you will never mistake that look for anything else.

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I found this one at Strongsville Cemetery. I like the way that the monuments ape the symbolism and style of the more expensive cemetery monuments of the day but have the interchangeable base panels to be able to add the names and information for more family members as time passes.

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Liles of the valley bloom across the bottom edge of the tombstone for Irvin Curtis Batson, who died in 1905 at the age of only nine or ten.  Douglas Keister, in Stories in Stone, states that lily of the valley symbolize innocence and purity, as well as renewal, since it is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in spring.


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I’m still catching up – I’ve been working on a lot of projects lately that haven’t left me a lot of time to work on the blog, and I’m out a camera, so I’m going to present you with a virtual bouqet – flower art from monuments in East Cleveland Township Cemetery. Enjoy!


John Hoffman

Vincenzo Colombo


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While doing the Historic Cleveland Scavenger Hunt at Woodland Cemetery, I was searching for an epitaph on a particular stone, came around the corner, and gasped at this lovely, fairly well-preserved tombstone.


A lot of tombstones of this material and age are worn and difficult to decipher, but I am guessing that the particular location and possibly the surrounding vegetation have provided some protection from the elements.


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