Sunday, January 03, 2010

Monochrome Weekend - Vol. 2, Issue 19: Welcome into the Heavenly World


This headstone is in Tampa's oldest cemetery, Oaklawn. The deceased appears from the barely-legible carving to have lived from 1854 to 1888. The part I like is the hands shaking. Apparently, every headstone symbol has meaning. According to the website Cemeteries and Cemetery Symbols, "A handshake symbol on a tombstone usually signifies a welcome into the heavenly world. Sometimes you may see this as a symbol of matrimony on the grave marker of a married couple. If it’s a marriage symbol you may notice that one cuff will look masculine and the other, feminine."

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7 comments:

Aileni said...

Refreshingly different design.

Regina said...

Great shot!

brattcat said...

Looks like a deal being sealed to me. Are you very, very cold?

Frank said...

@ Brattcat - YES. It was 38-degrees a moment ago as I stepped outside. That is freezing for us!!!!

Lois said...

Nice shot Frank! That is an interesting marker.

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

I'm a fan of old graveyards but I didn't know that about the handshake, thanks. Nice shot.
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awarewriter said...

Nice shot Frank. The handshake on the gravestone gave me a chuckle.