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Fake Fish Photos
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
The Tydings Affair
In 1950 Millard Tydings (a U.S. Senator from Maryland) challenged Senator Joseph McCarthy by calling his allegation that hundreds of communists were working in the State Department "a fraud, a hoax, and a deceit." As payback, McCarthy's staff faked a picture (top) of Tydings (on the right) apparently chatting with Earl Browder (on the left), head of the American Communist Party. The truth was that Tydings had never even met Browder before July, 1950. The image was a composite of a 1938 photo of Tydings listening to the radio (middle) and a 1940 photo of Browder delivering a speech (bottom).

The photo was widely distributed shortly before the 1950 senate race in which Tydings ran against John Butler. It appeared in a pamphlet titled "From the Record" printed by a group calling itself Young Democrats for Butler. A caption acknowledged the photo was a composite. Nevertheless, the image is believed to have contributed to Tydings' subsequent defeat in the election.

Links and References
• "Faked photo shows Tydings and Browder." (Nov 8, 1950). The Washington Post.
Millard Tydings, Wikipedia.
Photo Categories: Composite Images, Politics, 1940-1959


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