15 Incredible Examples of Early Spirit Photography

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Image: William Hope

One of the most well-known attempts to prove Hope a fraud was made by Harry Price, of the Society of Psychical Research, who gave Hope glass plates embossed with a special mark that could not be seen except when exposed in a photo. Hope substituted these for regular glass plates in his images (like the one here in which two spirits appear to three family members) such that the marks did not show up – suggesting that he had used materials to fake the photographs.

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Image: William Hope

According to the National News Museum: “The image of a young man’s face appears prominently over the man, draped in a cloak. The signature at the base of the image belongs to the sitter. The man had links with the person who compiled the spirit album, and he gave the photograph to her as a keepsake. He apparently recognised the young man’s face.”

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