A Tombstone That Says It All

Photo by Alan Jones, used here with permission

Sometimes a tombstone can be brutally honest. Here is one example, as shown in the photograph taken by Alan Jones in the Arrowtown’s Cemetery in Otago Province, New Zealand. You may have to click on the image to the right to view a larger version. Then you should be able to read the bottom line.


When I was growing up (UK, 1950s) a “snob” was also a shoemaker.


Photoshop? The inscription looks awfully fresh and regular for a 19th century grave.


As have others, I question whether that’s the original inscription. To my eye, it appears to be text printed on the image, not something inscribed into the stone.

Still, I love the sentiment.


I’d venture to say that the tombstone is “modern” – it certainly is not in keeping with the style of tombstones placed at the end of the 19th century. Another clue is the non-traditional shape of the stone. Very nice, but it appears to be a monument placed fairly recently, perhaps by a family that has done some genealogical research.


I agree with the others. The text doesn’t appear to be etched into the stone, but rather printed on the photo. Even if it were original, would it still be so white and fresh? The shoemaker comment is interesting – I’ve not heard that word before to describe a shoemaker!


I don’t believe it’s been photoshopped. I opened the item as Dick suggested and then zoomed in. It would have to be much cleaner to be photoshopped. Look at each individual letter and you’ll see what I mean.


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