Ferry across the Styx


1800’s, owned by Wayne & Eileen Schoenecker

1800’s, owned by Wayne & Eileen Schoenecker

Ashton Funeral Home, Easton, PA

Horse-drawn Hearse 1878 from Argentina. Source

Houston, TX funerary museum. Note sleigh hearse to left. Photo credit

1880’s Rockfall horse-drawn. Photo credit

Crane and Breed Six-Column Glass-Side Hearse. Photo credit

A modern reproduction by the Great Northern Livery Company, Inc.

Unidentified; possibly Houston, TX Funerary Museum.

Unidentified museum, possibly Museum of Civilization, Canada.

Museum of Civilization, Canada.
No info given. Source
Spanish; possibly Museum of Civilization, Canada. Source
No info given, likely Spanish or South American. Source

1916 Cadillac Carved-Panel Hearse by A. Giessel and Sons
1916 carved-panel Cadillac hearse owned by by A. Geissel and Sons

1930 Cadillac Cathedral Hearse by James Cunningham Son and Co.


Contemporary Asian. Source

Asian funerary hood bling. Source

No mention of hearses is complete without deviating from their original purpose, of course, and giving a nod to those creative types who make them their own (images hotlinked to sources):


Lastly… this creation wins for sheer determination: Tapho gives you…
The Carthedral:



Liminal Space

Is there anything more symbolic of a liminal place than the gate of a cemetery? Whether simple, crude, ornate or elaborate, they mark the threshold of a most literal change for people.

Galisteo, NM old cemetery. Photo credit

Gostynin Landsmann cemetery gate at Montefiore Cemetery, NY.  Photo credit, Julian H. Preisler

Cemetery Gates

Old cemetery gate at Dinas-Mawddwy, Gwynedd, Wales. Photo credit: Karen Lee

Shiloh National Cemetery (Gates placed by War Department in 1911).


Frankfort Cemetery, KY


Old Clinton Cemetery gate in Georgia

Clinton Cemetery, Georgia. Photo credit

Greenwood cemetery entrance, Brooklyn, New York. Photo credit

Roxas Catholic city cemetery, Capiz, Phillipines.

The inimitable Highgate in London. Photo credit


Forest Hills cemetery, Utica, NY. Photo credit


In conclusion, after all these grand entrances, Taph thinks she’ll just slip out the back for now:

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