The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Berners Street Hoax, 1810
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
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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