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  • American Submariners, Vol. 1: Pre-Civil War

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    American Submarines: Pre Civil War is a detailed historical perspective of American submarine inventors, beginning with Richard Norwood’s Bermuda Tub during the 1630’s and ending with George Henry Felt’s of New York City, who designed a two-man submarine powered by a treadmill during the mid-1850’s.  The collection is primarily comprised of material never before published, including isolated library documents, out-of-print news media, and a number of personal diary excerpts, as well as a collection of photographs, blueprints, illustrations, and paintings. It is the first in a five-part series that encompasses America’s submarine experience from the beginning to the present day.

  • front cover of Best of Gravestone Humor

    Best of Gravestone Humor

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    While doing research for a family tree, author Louis Schafer surveyed thousands of headstones and amassed a unique collection of – often unintentionally – humorous epitaphs. Along with gravestone inscriptions, this book also includes historical information to give the epitaphs more context. Each chapter highlights traditional death customs, eccentric illustrations as well as numerous bizarre, vengeful, rude and funny last words. Surprisingly entertaining and historically informative.

  • Tombstones of Your Ancestors

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    A comprehensive guide to recording and understanding tombstone inscriptions and art. Traces the historical development of tombstone materials, styles, artwork and epitaphs, and details the process of creating and preserving a clear reproduction of a grave marker’s message using photography, highlighting, chalking, tracing, rubbing, dabbing, foiling, and transferring techniques. Has lists of commonly used abbreviations, definitions of Latin phrases, and an explanation of different dating systems used.