The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 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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