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Day 1186

Catchin’ up

March 30th, 2015

It looks like I haven't updated the site in a few months, but I'm just working through a big backlog of photos. I'll be posting new ones just about every day until I'm finally caught up. See below for the latest posts.

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Slowin’ down

November 9th, 2014



Here in mausoleum-packed Salem Fields Cemetery, cut off from the free-ranging air currents that afforded swift passage across the wide-open plains of Cypress Hills National Cemetery, our itinerant balloon friend has become rather sluggish.

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William Fox

November 9th, 2014



The eponymous Fox of Rupert Murdoch's entertainment empire

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As mist before the morning sun

November 9th, 2014



Austrian-born Joseph B. Greenhut was the second man in Chicago to enlist for service in the Civil War following President Lincoln's call for volunteers in 1861, and he rose to the rank of captain before resigning his commission in 1864. He became quite wealthy after the war, establishing the world's largest distillery in Peoria, Illinois (the "Whiskey Capital of the World") and later acquiring control of a major department store company in Manhattan. A 1912 history of Peoria attributed his success in business to his "marked ability to coordinate interests and to combine seemingly diverse factions into a harmonious whole. It is said that difficulties vanish before him as mist before the morning sun." In 1909, he purchased Shadow Lawn, a magnificent New Jersey estate (photos) that was used by President Wilson as his Summer White House (video) for the last two months of his 1916 re-election campaign.

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Don’t go

November 9th, 2014


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Lipman E. Pike

November 9th, 2014



Lip Pike was the first Jewish baseball star. He led the National Association (the first professional baseball league and the predecessor of the National League) in home runs in its first three seasons, 1871-73.

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Portal of the day

November 9th, 2014



Salem Fields Cemetery, along with neighboring Cypress Hills National Cemetery, belongs to a huge cluster of 17 contiguous cemeteries located along the middle of the border between Brooklyn and Queens.

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P.S. 65 BKLYN

November 9th, 2014



Another custom school crossing sign

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2 Medals of Honor

November 9th, 2014



There have only been 19 two-time recipients of the Medal of Honor (the country's highest military honor), and three of them are buried in Cypress Hills National Cemetery: Daniel Daly ("Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?"), John Cooper, and Louis Williams (a.k.a. Ludwig Andreas Olsen).

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A tale of two cemeteries

November 9th, 2014



An officers' section of Cypress Hills National Cemetery and a line of mausoleums in Salem Fields Cemetery

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Balloon among the headstones

November 9th, 2014



It came right up to me and then jumped the fence into Salem Fields Cemetery.

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Alfred P. Behr

November 9th, 2014



Horseshoer

I just realized that each half of that word contains the same letters.

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A different world

November 9th, 2014



The enormous mausoleums of neighboring Salem Fields Cemetery stand in stark contrast to the uniform rows of modest headstones here at Cypress Hills National Cemetery.

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Graveless gravestones

November 9th, 2014



The plaque reads: "The markers in this memorial area honor veterans whose remains have not been recovered or identified, were buried at sea, donated to science, or cremated and the ashes scattered."