Friday, November 17, 2017

Cynthiana, Kentucky

One True Love ~ The Family Farm:  Farmers or miners? Both. Miners because they mined the family archives to find an 'old timey' photo of the farmstead when everyone was young and the tractor was new. Battle Grove Cemetery. [2015]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Parkersburg, West Virginia

One True Love ~ The Family Farm:  The aerial photo doesn't suggest farming, but the tractor does, and so does the horse. Perhaps a corner of the old farmstead was chosen for their new suburban home, a place where they could enjoy their golden years. Quiz time: What's the name of the river you see here? Mt. Olivet Cemetery. [2014]

Monday, November 13, 2017

Laurel, Delaware

One True Love ~ The Family Farm:  Judging from the number of buildings, this couple built a prosperous family business. Judging from the number of silos, they must have had some livestock to feed. Judging from the number of tractors, they must have had some cash crops to grow and sell. And, judging from the epitaph, they must have respected and loved the land they farmed: "A Great Love For The Land." Odd Fellows Cemetery. [2013]

Friday, November 10, 2017

Earth, Texas

One True Love ~ A Man and His Tractor:  "I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil - This is the gift of God." Ecclesiastes 3:12-13. Earth Cemetery. [2016]



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Carroll, Ohio

One True Love ~ A Man and His Tractor:  Looking for a research topic? How about gender roles as depicted on cemetery memorials? Clearly he took care of things in the outside world, and she took care of things at home. Betzer Cemetery. [2017]


Monday, November 6, 2017

Dry Ridge, Kentucky

One True Love ~ A Man and His Tractor:  Maybe he and his tractor shared a single soul. It looks like the angels came for both of them. Or, maybe his tractor was the angel that carried him away to heaven. Judging from the empty seat, however, the tractor may have just dropped him off and returned to the farm. Hill Crest Cemetery. [2015]

Friday, November 3, 2017

Capeville, Virginia

One True Love ~ A Man and His Tractor:  The holy triumvirate: farm (symbolized by the tractor), country (symbolized by the stars and stripes), and God (symbolized by the steeple that backs up the churchyard). Capeville UMC Cemetery. [2016]