The Museum of Hoaxes
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Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
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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