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September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Cursed by Allah
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
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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