The Museum of Hoaxes
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Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
'Solar Armor' freezes man in Nevada Desert, 1874
Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Street Urchins Tossing Chestnuts
A street urchin tosses a chestnut in the air as his bored companion looks on. It may look like a real-life scene caught by the camera, but in fact it is staged. Cameras were too slow in the 1850s to record something as quick-moving as a tossed chestnut. Therefore Oscar Rejlander (who is sometimes called the Father of Art Photography) suspended a chestnut in mid-air with a piece of fine thread in order to create the scene. The thread is barely visible if you examine a larger version of the picture.

Links and References
Lester, P. (1991). Photojournalism: An Ethical Approach. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: 92.


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