After I decided to make a pilgrimage on “a day to remember” after all it was one of the pivot points in Mabel Normand’s life; I ran into the problem of what flowers do I take to the William Desmond (Tanner)
Ninety years ago it was a relatively new cemetery the fences between the back lot of
The mausoleum now looks it’s almost hundred years, the steps slopes a little the marble has aged but 90 years ago it was sharp and bright.
The door is bronze and substantial; the pillars tall and imposing
The windows bring the outside in, well the light from outside, they are gorgeous and the use of blue is fantastic, here are four of them.
Flanking the entrance to the hall leading to William Desmond Taylor’s crypt are 2 larger than life statues
The wall is full of crypts most are dated after 1922, when WDT was placed in the wall he would have been surrounded with gleaming white marble. His is in the second row: space 593
There is an ancient tale told about Charon, the ferryman that rows the dead across the River Styx and the dead must pay, or wander for 100 years, some kind soul has left WDT coins for a safe journey.
On the anniversary of WDT funeral, his friends left flowers Oh, yes just outside the mausoleum a lovely white feather was waiting for me to place with the bird of paradise.