This gravestone marker is from the Goldfield Pioneer Cemetery in Goldfield, Nevada. It marks the grave of the “Unknown Library Paste Man” who was a starving vagrant who dug up a tub of library paste out of the trash and consumed enough to be a lethal dose. In addition to the flour and water, the paste contained small amounts of alum, which is poisonous when consumed in large doses.
‘Baby Trees’. In Tana Toraja, Indonesia, when a baby dies, a mother cuts a hole in a tree and places the child inside, sometimes in a coffin or basket. A tree may be used for a few babies and for decades. Photo credit: Derek Brown
Triple child's headstone in Boston. - When visiting cemeteries, I have an unerring ability to find the graves of children, and as my mother is a professional cemetery photographer, I visit quite a few of them, all across the country.