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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Famous Hoax Photos

A great collection of hoax photos from Museum of Hoaxes. Here are some of them:

The Portrait of Lincoln:

For decades following the Civil War, the portrait of Lincoln shown on the left graced the walls of public buildings and classrooms. But Lincoln never posed for this portrait. Instead a photograph of Lincoln's head had been superimposed onto a portrait of the Southern leader John Calhoun. This was done because there were hardly any appropriate 'heroic-style' portraits of Lincoln made during his life.

The Brown Lady of Raynham:

This picture, taken in 1936 by two photographers for Country Life magazine, is one of the most famous ghost photos ever taken. The ghost in the image is known as the "Brown Lady" of Raynham Hall. The Brown Lady is supposedly the ghost of Lady Townshend who was imprisoned in the Hall by her husband. Skeptics argue that this image was created by superimposing two pictures on top of each other.

of each other
Shown here is frame 352 of the famous Patterson-Gimlin film, shot in October 1967. It appears to document a female bigfoot striding along a riverbank in northern California. Maybe Bigfoot really does exist, but rumors have persistently credited the creature filmed by Patterson/Gimlin as the work of John Chambers. He was the lead make-up artist on the original Planet of the Apes, which was also filmed in 1967.

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