Fire Mark No. 5

January 31, 2007

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This fire mark was issued by United Fireman’s Insurance Company of Pennsylvania in 1860.

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Fire Mark No. 4

January 30, 2007

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To recap for those who didn’t visit before the snowstorm, these metal plaques are found on some of the older homes in Old Town. They are called fire marks and were issued by insurance companies in the early 1800s. If a home and all its papers were lost in a fire, these fire marks, because they are metal and would survive a conflagration, were evidence that the homeowner had purchased fire insurance.

This fire mark was issued between 1874-1899 by Associated Fireman’s Insurance Company of Baltimore and is very rare.


Winter Garden of Eternal Rest

January 29, 2007

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From Jamieson Avenue this is the entrance to the Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery, one of the oldest in Alexandria. Many of the headstones here are dated in the 1800s.

The snow is now gone, so back we go to the firemark series starting tomorrow.


You’ll Catch Your Death of Cold

January 28, 2007

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No snow yesterday. Instead we had sunshine. Only a few patches of snow remain, but I have one more snow picture to share for tomorrow.


In the Dead of Winter

January 27, 2007

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It’s getting colder, and more snow is predicted for the weekend. So I think I’ll continue with the snow theme awhile longer.

This scene I first showed you last October. Recently an Alexandria poet happened to visit the October photo and left a very nice poem in the comments.

For me there is something compelling about this trio of headstones surrounded by the iron fence. I can’t quite articulate what it is, but I’m sure with every change of season I’ll revisit this site and take another picture.


Cold and Alone

January 26, 2007

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Ever since discovering the final resting place of Rose M. last summer, I can’t get this headstone and the young girl it represents out of my mind. So when the snow began to fall, I had to go see her.

Poor little Rose looked so cold and alone that day.


In the Cold, Cold Ground

January 25, 2007

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I took a lot of shots at the Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery while it was snowing. I could easily do a week’s worth of wintry cemetery photos, but I’ll restrain myself.

This is the cemetery where our dearly departed Rose M. was laid to rest. I’ll show you how she fared during the snowstorm if you visit tomorrow.