15 Incredible Examples of Early Spirit Photography

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Image: William Hope

Spirit photography has been around since the 1860s, when William H. Mumler began to practice it. It is the art of capturing ‘spirits’ in images and is often used in ghost hunting. One of the best-known spirit photographers was William Hope, a member of the Crewe Circle Spirtualists group which existed during the early part of the 20th century.


Image: William Hope

Two spirits appear to emerge on the left-hand side, one above the other, in this photograph of a family group.

The images shown here were unearthed from an album found in a secondhand bookstore. The Crewe Spiritualists society was made up of six photographers and, indicating how many believed in the authenticity of spirit photography, a seventh also joined them, Archbishop Thomas Colley no less.

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Image: William Hope

When World War I broke out, the popularity of the Crew Circle grew even stronger as loved ones wanted to be assured that their deceased were alright and to communicate with them.

Here, two women, perhaps sisters, sit while a female spirit appears above the woman on the right.

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