Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Concrete Block of Human Teeth in Elkhart

At the street corner created by the intersection of Riverside Drive and Lexington Avenue in the city of Elkhart, in Indiana, United States, stands an odd memorial: a concrete block with countless teeth encased in it. From a distance the block looks pretty ordinary, but take a closer look into the cracks that run along its face, and you’ll find dozens of them – molars, canines and incisors, some intact from the roots to the crowns, others broken, sticking out through the chipped concrete.

The man behind the strange monument was local dentist Dr. Joseph Stamp, who worked for 60 years before his death in 1978 at the age of 88. Dr Stamp was heartbroken when his dog, a German Shepherd named Prince, died. Instead of a normal plaque or gravestone, the eccentric doctor chose to prepare a concrete block embedded with thousands of teeth that he had pulled out as a dentist. As it turned out, the good doctor was saving all his patient’s teeth, keeping them in a barrel in his office’s basement and preserving them with chemicals.

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