Tombstone medallions link to text, video

Aug. 6, 2010 at 6:34 PM

WAYNESBURG, Pa., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania company says its "Memory Medallion" product for tombstones allows cellphone users to access text, video and Web sites about the deceased.

Glenn Toothman of Waynesburg said his company, Memory Medallion, sells the standard package for $225, earning the purchaser a barcode-marked medallion for the tombstone that directs cellphones to a Web site containing eight pictures, a printed biography and a 1,000-word story, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday.

Toothman said smart phone users can use the barcodes to access videos made by the family of the deceased.

The founder said the company sold about 5,000 of the products last year, a major increase from the 50 sold in the first year of Memory Medallion's operation, 2001.

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