The Museum of Hoaxes
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Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Female thieves hide money in their bras, 1950
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
Trotsky Vanishes
Leon Trotsky was a leader of the Russian October Revolution, second in command to Lenin. During the 1920s he opposed the policies of Stalin. As a consequence, he was deported and eventually assassinated.

When historian David King visited Moscow in 1970, he discovered that the Soviets had made a systematic attempt to purge all mention of Trotsky -- as well as any other person who had fallen out of political favor -- from historical records. This included removing Trotsky's image from photographs. King decided to start collecting examples of the Soviet falsification of photographs. In 1997 he published a book based on his collection, The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia.

The top image, from King's collection, was taken by L.Y. Leonidov on November 7, 1919. It shows Soviet party leaders celebrating the second anniversary of the October Revolution in Red Square. Trotsky (wearing a hat and saluting) is standing near the center of the image to Lenin's left.

In 1967 a doctored version of the photo (bottom) was included in an exhibition in Moscow. Trotsky had disappeared from it. Also gone were L.B. Kamenev (who was to Lenin's immediate left) and A.B. Khalatov (the bearded man who was standing in front of the child and Trotsky).

Links and References
• King, David. (Dec 2000). "Photographic images should not be relied upon, but even falsified photographs can be illuminating for students of History." New Perspective. PDF File.
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