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    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.