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Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Use your left ear to detect lies
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
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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