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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
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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