The Museum of Hoaxes
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Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Melon Party
A postcard created by Alfred Stanley Johnson of Waupun, Wisconsin. The top image shows the original, unedited picture which Johnson used to create the trick effect. The children posed, holding wooden props. Johnson then cut and pasted a picture of a watermelon slice into this picture to create the finished postcard (bottom): an illusion of a children's party featuring a giant watermelon.

Tall-tale postcards experienced the peak of their popularity from 1905 to 1915, but cards of this kind are still being created and sent today. And the internet, combined with software that makes it easier than ever to manipulate images, has breathed new life into the genre of tall-tale photography.

Links and References
Rubin, C.E. & Williams, M. (1990). Larger Than Life: The American Tall-Tale Postcard, 1905-1915. Abbeville Press: p. 108.


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