The Museum of Hoaxes
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The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Use your left ear to detect lies
Cursed by Allah
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
The Hoax Photo Database
Years ago I created a Hoax Photo Gallery for the site. But I recently decided that the Gallery was showing its age and needed an update. So I came up with the idea to replace it with a Hoax Photo Database.

I've been working on the Database for the past two months. It's one of those projects that, if I had realized how much work it was going to be, I would have hesitated to start. But I'm too far along to stop now, so I'm going to continue at it until it's done. (Which will be never, since it's designed to be a constantly growing database.)

My idea was to create a database in which I could list every significant (or interesting) example of photo fakery throughout history. Having them in a database would allow them to be categorized and viewed in any number of different ways. For instance, they can be viewed in chronological order, from the beginning of photography to the present. Or, if you're interested in fake war photography select the War category. All kinds of themes are possible, such as Photojournalism, or Doctored Magazine Covers, etc., etc.

I've only got about 90 images in the database so far, and there are hundreds more I plan to put in it. But adding the images will be a months-long effort, so I figured I might as well make the database public now so people can check it out, give feedback, etc.

There's also another project that's been keeping me busy for the past month, which is why I haven't been able to post that often. But I can only reveal what the other project is on Wednesday.
Categories: Miscellaneous
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 08, 2008
Comments (6)
Ooo. Announcement.

I wonder if it's one of the two things I'm vaguely aware of having possibilities of happening.

Hmm...

Guess I'll find out on Wednesday with everyone else. smile
Posted by Tah  in  Idaho (Yes, Idaho)  on  Tue Jul 08, 2008  at  03:01 AM
Nice job on this compilation! I am glad you've got old b/w "classics" there at the end.
Posted by Charles  in  Michigan  on  Tue Jul 08, 2008  at  03:44 PM
Sorry, Alex. Chuck already outed you guys on his old blog...
Posted by Vitajex  on  Tue Jul 08, 2008  at  05:09 PM
I like the way you've kept the format of the current main site.
Posted by KDP  in  Madill, OK, USA  on  Thu Jul 10, 2008  at  10:14 AM
Come on Alex! It's Friday, and the world is still waiting....
Posted by Mr Henderson  in  Teddington UK  on  Fri Jul 11, 2008  at  06:29 PM
...Oh. Sorry. You announced it on Tuesday just to confuse me.
Posted by Mr Henderson  on  Fri Jul 11, 2008  at  06:30 PM
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