Stanislawa Damesyn Tombstone

PG 126. Portraits on Stone: St. Stanislaus Cemetery. CD-Rom, 256 pages. $10.99 [ISBN 1-8871-2429-2]

The use of images to memorialize a deceased person has taken many forms for over a thousand years. In the 1850s procelain photographs attached to the tombstone first appeared. This form of memorialization appeared in America during the 1870s. The practice continues today in the form of ceramic and laser-etched photographs.

This volume includes photographs of Polish people whose image appears on grave markers in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Although, the majority of the 153 photographs included in this work are well-preserved the elements (wind, rain, exposure to ultra-violet rays from the sun) and vandalism have taken their toll on some of the images. Unless the image was completely obliterated they have been included.