Tombstone Lettering in New Orleans

Talk about preserving typographic history! The above ground tombs are as synonomous to New Orleans as Mardi Gras. I was initially interested in seeing them for their historical value but was not prepared for how beautiful and variating the typographic display would be. The skilled engravings of these craftsman of yesteryear have such grace in their simplicity. With most of the original tombs I saw being dated way before computers, it makes you wonder where one would have learned the precision of so many different typefaces. Or how long it took to learn a craft such as this with just a stone and chisel.  It would be amazing to step back in time to see how this craft was taught. 

Disclaimer: These photos are all from a visit to New Orleans in January 2018