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Fractions on gravestones?

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Fractions on gravestones?

I just stumbled upon a most interesting cemetery in Malmo (St Pauli's?). Odd question, I know, and probably not unique to Sweden, but what do the fractions on the gravestones signify? For example, the date of death would say something like "19 13/8 21". So what would the 13/8 mean?

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1. Re: Fractions on gravestones?

I'm not sure, but for some reason I think 13/8 is day, year of either death or birth, plus the year of death or birth, and then the age when they passed. I don't know that for sure, but for some reason that sticks in my mind.

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2. Re: Fractions on gravestones?

19 13/8 21 on a gravestone stands for August 13, 1921 (date of birth or death).

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3. Re: Fractions on gravestones?

Fränk is right. The Swedish way to spell a date is either: "2012-06-11" or "11/6 2012".

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4. Re: Fractions on gravestones?

Fränk is right. This unusual order is sometimes used on invitations, buildings, statues etc since it's symmetric and looks nicer! :-)

Today it's 20 11/6 12.

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