Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Unique Graves, Headstones and Tombstones

Mel Blanc's headstone.


A tree stump with a parchment sign. Where is the death date?


A Scrabble headstone. You have to really, really love Scrabble.


There is a lot going on here. Hippie perhaps? I don't know.


A love seat. I can't imagine a grave is somewhere people will want to lounge around, but I could be wrong.


A motorcycle. Pretty cool.


Big time Stones fan I guess.


Did this person love laundry? Invent the clothes pin? I don't know.


Geek in life, geek in death.


A little log cabin.


This looks Japanese, but I can't be sure.


Looks like an old, dead tree.


I don't understand this one. He looks like a military radioman, yet his is bald and shirtless, and looks like Golem from Lord of the Rings. It also looks like he has a bell tower on his back. I would be interested to know what it all means.


"There once was a man from Venus, with a rocket ship for a..." Dang, I forgot how that goes.


The log theme seems pretty popular.


This is my favorite. The bronze statue is breaking out of the grave. Awesome.


Looks like Swiss cheese, or honeycomb.


A mirrored glass sculpture grave marker.


Not sure about this one. Is that a jackal?


Two large hands holding a cross. Looks bronze, and expensive.


A horse missing part of it's face and hind leg. I don't know if it is damaged, or was constructed this way.


If Matchbox or Hotwheels made graves.


This one is funny.


I have no idea what 30% off means. An inside joke perhaps?


Burn, he got you! He was sick!

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

W.C. Fields. Nuff said.


"On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."

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Mike said...

Can't really tell on the others, but the last "log" stone is a Woodmen of the World headstone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodmen_of_the_World#Tombstones

Cool post, love the site, visit nearly every day.

Anonymous said...

The guy with the radio and microphone in his hand...that is an Amateur Radio callsign under his name

Zanypickle said...

"I told you I was sick."
lol.. I have a few relatives that would want that one.

Rizzo said...

That first one is Mel Blanc!

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

Good collection. I saw the I told you "I was sick one in Key West





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Wizard said...

LMAO....nuthin' gets past Rizzo

Anonymous said...

Great post. That one that looks like swiss cheese also looks like coral. Thanks for the effort!

M_unU4QXluNVlPdfssveHzMbgWpUQ8xgYlA9PND8aVaSjb.9SA-- said...

A little iconic, some laconic...mostly Sardonic!
John

Heidi said...

My Dad used to say we should put 'Beneath this sod lies another' on his gravestone but of course, we didn't.

milad said...

very interesting. really enjyed.

Marylu said...

I think the "jackal" is Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead.

Anonymous said...

Instead of a jackal, it looks more like a fox that's been in the hen house to me. Or is that NOT a chicken in the sack?

Headstones said...

It looks like a sphinx headstone.

Roy Dixon said...

Very cool. Could the headstone with the figure that looks like Gollum be Quasimodo?

Ironwolf said...

The one that looks like Gollum belongs to Charles Jacob Affelder. He had numerous patents of the condenser radio microphone and radio. He was an avid radio operator since 1933, inventing and patenting newer and better radios during those years.

Lee likes to Read said...

The one that might be Japanese - my guess would be more Norse or Norwegian in inspiration. They were famous for their wood churches of much the same shape. Many people don't know that Christianity took strong root among the Vikings.

Anonymous said...

Most tree stump or "dead tree" headstones are indicative of IOOF (International Order Of Foresters) or Woodmen Of The World members.

Ericles said...

They missed a good one - a full size Mercedes limo for a grave marker.
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10560

Anonymous said...

George Q. Whitney (30% off) was probably of the "I can get it for you wholesale" salesman variety.

Anonymous said...

The Scrabble headstone looks as though it's missing an "L" in "LOVEABLE", and an "F" in "FOOTFALL". Otherwise the groups of words don't connect, and at least one word doesn't make sense.

Some of these might make more sense if the names were visible (therefore researchable), as well.

Anonymous said...

I believe W.C. Fields' marker actually reads, "On the whole, I would rather be here than living in Philadelphia." I seem to remember reading that somewhere, possible an old edition of American Heritage magazine.

Anonymous said...

Hi- I designed and built this Scrabble headstone for my fiance. Thanks for the recognition. And yes he really did love scrabble. It will be five years this month. Also, responding to the post by "anonymous" 3/2/10, those are the "blank" tiles from the game and were intentional.
Thanks so much
Heather
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/heedymarie?ref=profile

Sunshine Kid said...

My headstone should read:

I'm not here - I haven't attended a single funeral in my life, and I'll be dead and gone before I attend my own!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to think I would put something spiritually uplifting on my tombstone but deep inside, I'd like to put.... 'You can't hurt me NOW!'

lipsync said...

They are all too cool and a tribute to their creativity and individuality. What a way to go!!

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I cannot believe people are putting quotes on their headstones, its the family that does this

Anonymous said...

All our tombstones should say:

Jesus will save you, IF you ask Him to.

Dutch Boy said...

Neither a jackal, nor Anubis - it's the fox Reynaert (Reynard), main character in the Middle Dutch epic poem Van den vos Reynaerde. Though based on Latin and French sources, it's a splendid work in its own right. In the background, three lines from the beginning of the work can be seen: het was in eenen tsinxen daghe / dat beede bosch ende haghe / met groenen loveren waren bevaen ...
I think the cemetery is Campo Santo in Sint Amandsberg near Gent (Ghent), Belgium.

Anonymous said...

I feel badly that you make light of headstones without concern for the feelings of the families of the deceased. I know I feel badly - my father's headstone is that of the radio "Gollum."

Pam said...

The 30% off one? My friend recognized the name as a car part catalog that used to be in print.

Paul said...

The radio headstone contains "N3AVU" which is his Amateur Radio call sign.

Andrew said...

All tombstone are very unique.Tombstone in tree stump shape is looking very gorgeous.

Gary Puntman said...

These are some very unique gravestones. I love when people have a great sense of humor. I know that my dad is going to have a gravestone like one of those. It just fits with his personality.
Gary Puntman | http://www.italianmonuments.com.au

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