The cutter was sent back to fix an imprecision in the Barr monument.
A notorious printing error of the 4-cent Columbian (1893) lives in the Smithsonian’s postal museum.
An astounding eternal typo on a stone that simultaneously trumpets the company that made it.
That’s what I said to myself when I got within reading distance of the Lansburgh monument in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C. From three sides it is nondescript freestanding sarcophagus with a lid imitating a temple roof. At the corners are stylized WPA federal style columns, merely sketched in. On one short side it …