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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Shopping for a headstone

Can you imagine shopping for your headstone needs from Sears or Montgomery Ward, from their catalog? Well, at one time you could.
Grave guards and arches first appeared in the 1897 Sears Fall catalog. Beginning with the 1902 Spring catalog Sears issued a special tombstone catalog annually until 1949.
I have copies of several catalog pages and tried to find a headstone photo from my collection that closely resembled one from catalogue no. 117, 1908 issue, The Great Price Maker. It looks a lot like it.
The Laughlin surname stone is in the Haven Priest Cemetery. James died in 1906 and Hazel in 1926.

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