The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
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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