Sunday, January 13, 2008

today's cemetery picture on C2C...


Today, there's a curious viewer mail photo at C2C. Unfortunately, though, it likely has a mundane meaning. These alabaster type and style stones were common in the victorian era, well before ET was used commonly to stand for extraterrestrial. However, the font looks too angular and deep to be that old, and the stone itself seems fairly new also. That it is seemingly surrounded by concrete and not earth make me wonder if this is a gravestone at all. It would be helpful to have some context--the full view of the stone for one, and any surrounding stones placed similarly (like on the other side.) This could be anything from a 'pauper's grave' to a place marker (denoting a certain section of the cemetery.) There also do not seem to be any legends about this cemetery, and if there was anything anolomous at all about the origins of this stone, you can bet there'd be a legend attached.

4 comments:

bigbrownhouse said...

Many headstones have corresponding footstones carrying just the initials or first name of the deceased. I vote footstone.

richelle said...

but there's something so weird about how it's semingly planted in the cement. Also, something I noticed recently after inspecting the photo more, in the far, far background, you can see other similar white stones. either a footstone like you suggested, or a special section of the cemetery. i couldn't find anything online about this place.

bigbrownhouse said...

Just an observation - at the last few cemeteries I've visited in northern/central California, almost all the stones were cemented into the ground.

For example

richelle said...

I see what you mean, but this appears to be on a sidewalk; of course it would be helpful to actually have a full context here.