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The Cottingley Confession


In 1917, Elsie Wright, 16, and Frances Griffiths, only 10 years old, photographed fairies. Their photos were allegedly examined at Kodak, and no evidence of trickery was found. Most notably, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would endorse the whole case of the Cottingley Fairies.

Later (actually, decades later) it would turn out the fairies were simple cut-outs fixed with pin-hats – which explains why the photos weren’t tricked, as the fairies were real, in a way. And the now old ladies would also confess to their deed:

“People wanted to be taken in”.

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  1. Debunking roundup | forgetomori September 14th, 2009 2:01 am

    […] the Pterodactyl), and the tradition of using paper cutouts in photography goes back to the famous Cottingley fairies. Hoaxes creating hoaxes, from old hoaxed techniques.Also, while seeking some good links to point […]

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