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Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983

Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Fake Fish Photos
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Migrant Mother Sheds Her Wrinkles
Posted by The Curator on Thu Apr 07, 2005
I'm still coming across April Fool's Day hoaxes from this year. This one ran in Popular Photography Magazine. The editors of the magazine took a series of classic photographs by masters such as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans, and then asked (supposedly in all seriousness) 'Can these photos be saved?' They then proceeded to photoshop the images to make them more like what you'd find in modern fashion or entertainment magazines (smoothing out wrinkles, etc.). In the process they transformed Lange's Migrant Mother from a woman burdened down by Depression-era worries into some kind of smooth-faced suburban soccer mom. Readers were outraged. Popular Photography reports receiving hundreds of...
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