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Anyone who’s been following along here for a length of time will know that porcelain portraits are on my list of “coolest things to have on a headstone.” Most porcelain portraits are clearly drawn from posed, often professional portraits, but every once in a while, a family chooses a photo that you can’t help but smile back at.

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This stone reminded me of my maternal grandparents. After my grandfather retired and sold his veterinary practice, Grandma and Grandpa spent months at a time traveling across the United States in their Bluebird motor home. They too traveled across the 48 contiguous U.S. states. They would arrive to visit us in the motorhome, park it at the cul-de-sac, and sleep there rather than in a guest room or in a hotel. The horn played a few bars of “On the Road Again” as they pulled back out at the end of the visit.

My grandfather’s failing eyesight forced them to sell the Bluebird when I was a young teenager. I hope that it brought happiness to another family in its new home.

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Aging is a funny thing.  Sometimes you look at an old photograph of someone you’ve met and can’t see the person you know in the face looking back at you.  Other times, like Gloria Cruthers’ porcelain portrait, the only difference is wrinkles and a hair color maintained with a little help of the salon.

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This is the first time I’ve seen the laser-engraved headstones with coloring.


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Some of you might remember when I found what might best be explained as a metal locket protecting a portrait on a tombstone. I haven’t seen another one since then until last weekend, when we were coming back from a trip to Michigan. We came across a cemetery filled with tombstones featuring portraits, and some of them had the metal casing with a flip-top cover. Some were broken:

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Some were intact:

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