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The Hoax Photo Archive — Photo Fakery Throughout History
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The Brown Lady of Raynham. (September 19, 1936) This photo is said to show the "Brown Lady" who haunts Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England. The image was taken by two photographers on assignment for Country Life magazine who said they saw an ethereal form descending the staircase and quickly snapped a picture. It is almost certainly nothing more than a double exposure, though whether done purposefully or by accident is not known. More…
Ada Emma Deane’s Armistice Day Series. (November 1924) Spiritualists claimed this image showed the spirits of dead war heroes. A newspaper identified the faces as living football players. More…
The Sympsychograph. (September 1896) David Starr Jordan, president of Stanford University, published an article in Popular Science Monthly announcing the discovery of a new form of photography, "Sympsychography," that allowed mental images to be made visible on a photographic plate. This photo, he said, was an example. It was a psychic projection of "a cat in its real essence." He intended his article as a joke, but was surprised when many took it seriously. More…
Mumler’s Spirit Photos. (1861-1879) Image created by William Mumler, 1872. "Bronson Murray in a Trance with the Spirit of Ella Bonner." Mumler created the genre of the spirit photo: ghostly images supposedly caught on film. More…

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