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The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Telegraph’s Memorable Photo Fakes
The Telegraph recently came out with a list of "20 memorable picture fakes." And the Museum of Hoaxes is listed as one of the sources they used to do their research... along with a few of the other usual suspects.

It strikes me as a bit of a random list. They leave out some classics, such as the Surgeon's Photo (which I would think would be in the top 10 or 20 on any list of famous picture fakes) as well as National Geographic's cover on which they moved the pyramids, but they include photos that I wouldn't think would make the top 200 let alone top 20, such as "Karl Rove's secret file" and "James Purnell doctored at hospital".

One of these days (hopefully soon) I'm going to get around to producing my own list of the top 20 fake photos of all time.
Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 09, 2008
Comments (3)
To be fair, it's "20 memorable fakes", not "20 MOST memorable fakes". The only requirement for inclusion is that somebody remembered them.
Posted by Marc  on  Wed Sep 10, 2008  at  10:12 AM
Yeah, a rather weak standard for inclusion!
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Sep 10, 2008  at  06:58 PM
Did they include the Cottingly (sp?) fairies photos?
Posted by Dale irwin  in  Waiheke Island, New Zealand  on  Sat Sep 27, 2008  at  12:16 AM
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