The Museum of Hoaxes
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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The Martyr Lincoln
Following the assassination of Lincoln, the Army did not allow any pictures to be taken of him in his casket. Therefore, con artists stepped in to fill the demand. The top image was one of many that circulated purporting to show the dead President, but it is fake. Whoever the man is lying down, pretending to be dead, it is not Lincoln.

The bottom image is the only known authentic death photo of Lincoln. It shows him lying in state in New York City Hall, ten days after his assassination. It was taken by Garvey and Son, New York photographers. They later destroyed the original plate and all prints of it, except for one.

Links and References
"Rare Photo." (Feb 11, 1967). The Washington Post.
Brugioni, D. (1999). Photo Fakery. Brassey's: 36.


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