Article Category: Funereal Friday

Grave Marker

Posted Friday, Jul 17

Patent 1,573,268, filed July 6, 1925 | William F. Norman, Nevada, Mo.

A grave marker including a rear plate having a hinging bead upon its upper edge throughout the length thereof, and apertured covering plate having a cooperative hinging bead throughout the length of its upper edge whereby when the plates are fitted together a tight joint is provided at the hinge, and two locking lugs carried at the respective end of the bead of the latter plate for extending across the ends of the head of the first plate to hold plates against longitudinal displacement, and cooperating friction gripping flanges carried by each plate for holding the plates coextensive and against accidental displacement.

From its turn-of-the-century factory in Nevada, Missouri, W. F. Norman Corporation still operates machines as old as the company itself. Production methods remain the same as the early days with sheet metal panels stamped one at a time on antique rope drop hammers, resulting in better quality control than modern hydraulic presses. Visit their website where they continue to produce tin ceiling tiles, cornices and moldings, as well as the enamel baked galvanized steel grave markers that we are featuring today

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