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My Dad, is on a genealogy kick. He's been going to a lot of old cemeteries, documenting old dates and info for births, deaths, marriages, number of children, etc. One problem he kept having was the dates not coming through on his camera, since the older tombstones turn dark with dirt, mold, etc. Now he carries a can of spray foam men's shaving cream with him, just for this very purpose. He'll spray it on the tombstone, smears it into the crevices of the wording and then wipes off the excess. Thus, leaving all the info he's in need of clear for the reading, which appears nicely in the photographs.
They have a whole set of pamphlets for the education on tombstone preservation.
Cleaning A Gravestone
How to do Gravestone Rubbings:
Photographing Gravestones: A Few Basic Pointers by Trina Purcell
Tips for Photographing Gravestones, By Maureen Taylor
Suggestions for Your Cemetery Restoration and Stone Repair Toolbox
Fun recipes for kids, GREAT babysitting idea! You will need:
Source: Myself: I made it by accident by trying to make a scented perfume.
You should NEVER teach kids to mix things together like that.