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The Hoax Photo Archive — Photo Fakery Throughout History
Category: Architecture
Viagra Corporate Headquarters. (2009) This image has circulated widely online with a caption claiming the building shown is the "Head Office of Viagra" in Toronto, Canada. The building is real, as is the suggestively shaped topiary. But it's not the head office of Viagra (which is a drug, not a corporation). It's actually the corporate offices of Swagelok Northwest, which manufactures valves and fittings. The building is located in Portland, Oregon. More…
The Case of the Moving Pyramids. (February 1982) In what became the first high-profile example of digital photo manipulation, National Geographic moved the pyramids slightly closer together to fit within the frame of the cover. More…
Wisconsin’s Capitol Collapses. (April 1, 1933) An April Fool's Day image of the Wisconsin state capitol collapsing due to an excess of gas generated by verbose debate. More…
Stotham, Massachusetts: The Town That Didn’t Exist. (April 1920) Weyerhauser Mills issued a series of architectural brochures, which included an issue about the classic, early-American architecture of Stotham, Massachusetts. The church shown above was said to be the meeting house of the Stotham Congregational Society. However, Stotham didn't exist. It was a fictional town created as a way to provide a coherent theme to some photos the editor had felt were "too good to be wasted." More…

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