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Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
The Rope Trick
A young lady (top) poses on a swing in a photographer's studio. Except, she isn't really on a swing. Nineteenth-century photographers needed their subjects to remain stationary in order to get the proper focus and exposure. So swinging back and forth was out of the question. The swing was actually a prop available from a catalog (bottom). The ropes remained rigid and were not attached to anything above.

Links and References
Lothrop, E.S. (July-Sep 1984). The Rope Trick. History of Photography. 8(3): 236.


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