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Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Lincoln’s Portrait

The standing portrait of Lincoln (left) was created soon after the American Civil War. Although it hung in many classrooms, Lincoln never posed for it. Instead, an unknown entrepreneur created it by cutting-and-pasting a headshot of Lincoln taken from a photograph by Mathew Brady (middle) onto a portrait of the Southern leader John Calhoun (right). This was done because there were hardly any appropriate ‘heroic-style’ portraits of Lincoln made during his life. In the Calhoun image, the papers on the table say “strict constitution,” “free trade,” and “the sovereignty of the states.” In the Lincoln image, these words have been changed to read, “constitution,” “union,” and “proclamation of freedom.”

Links and References
MacDougall, C. (1958, 2nd ed.). Hoaxes. Dover Publications: 80.
Mitchell, W.J. (1992). The Reconfigured Eye. MIT Press: 204-208.


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