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Corpses, Coffins and Crypts: A History of Burial


One of the 181 photographs, many of which I took in my book Corpses, Coffins and Crypts: A History of Burial. The caption reads: “Archie A “Binkie” Arnold was a practical joker. He was a plumber by trade. He had nothing to do with parking meters. In fact, he disliked parking meters so much that he refused to put money in them and ended up with a stack of parking tickets. After Arnold’s death in an automobile accident, it was revealed that he had purchased two obsolete parking meters. In his will Arnold requested that the parking meters by painted black, the reading set at Expired, indicating that his time had finally run out, the coin slot welded shut so that no one could change the reading, and the parking meters mounted on either side of his gravestone.” p. 155 The 2015 Reissue of my book includes a Question and Answer and Discussion Questions.

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