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From: Barb & Ken Marshall <>
Subject: Re: [DRAKE] Tombstones
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 08:03:58 -0800
Sorry Paul, but I have to disagree. I've been told that shaving cream
isn't good for the stones. I also shudder at the thought of baking soda.
I suggest that a little soap and water and a brush be used to clean the
stone and the photo taken while the stone is wet. Just the moisture
alone will bring out the writing.
Paul Drake wrote:
> Suggestion: take shaving cream and a small squeegee; spray the
> cream on the headstone, squeegee it off, and the cream will remain
> in the indentations for several minutes. Works VERY well, better
> than most any othger of the methods - bar soap, soda, chalk, crayon
> and paper, etc. Paul
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "M. Bello" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 1:23 PM
> Subject: [DRAKE] Tombstones
> > Dear Drake Family,
> > This morning I am going to an old cemetery where several Drake
> families are buried. I want to record their tombstone
> transcriptions. As usual, I am taking along my baking soda.
> > I always brush away the baking soda with a soft (unused) paint
> brush. However, there is bound to be little traces of a "white
> powdered substance" left behind. It just occurred to me that
> someone might come along after I have left the cemetery and see this
> "white powdered substance".
> > If this person is not aware that baking soda is commonly used as a
> tool to read old hard to read headstones, this person may panic
> thinking it's anthrax. Therefore, I am going to try very hard to
> use only my mirror, flashlight, and water spray bottle, etc. I will
> not use the baking soda unless it is absolutely necessary.
> > ~ Nancy Coleman-Bello ~