A simple stele with Art Deco flair. It is running out of space for Elliott Eugene Perritts. Enlarge the picture and note the three children remembered on the base. Three funerals in four years: that is what childhood mortality used to be like even among wealthy families before we figured out how to vaccinate against childhood diseases.
Art Deco was popular only for a few decades in the early and middle twentieth century, and it never became a very popular style for cemetery monuments. But among the wealthy residents of the Homewood Cemetery, a restrained and tasteful Art Deco was quite fashionable in the years from roughly 1930 to 1950. In many cases it takes the form of a streamlining and radical simplification of classical and Gothic styles. Some of these monuments look like pieces of sets from the world’s most somber RKO musical.