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“How to Make Spirit Photographs”
South Side Signal
August 25, 1916
An article titled “How to Make Spirit Photographs” from the August 25th, 1916 edition of South Side Signal. This article explains how to make spirit photographs by printing from regular negatives onto printing-out paper, fixing the prints in a hyposulphite of soda solution, and then immersing them in a bichloride of mercury solution. To reveal the spirit photograph, moisten a piece of blotting paper and hold it in contact with the print.
“Spirit Pictures”
The Evening Star
February 3, 1900
An article titled "Spirit Pictures" from the February 3rd, 1900 edition of The Evening Star. The article describes spirit photography in Washington D.C. including an overview of the practice and experiences of sitters. Also covered is information on the spirit photographer Professor J. Emner and "The Emner Seances".
Hazelton – “Spirit Photography”
The Kingdom of Heaven
May 1, 1874
An article published in the May 1874 edition of Kingdom of Heaven about spirit photographer Benson C. Hazelton. The article describes the authors trip to Hazelton's studio and the process of obtaining three spirit photographs. The article also includes sample of a letter of appreciation to Hazelton, the text of which is below: Mr. Hazelton. Dear Sir - those pictures you took for me, also for my husband, are regonized. It is my darling child. With my husband, he knows it is his old grandfather that passed away, in Germany some 40 years ago; never had a picture taken. * * * The little boy, is my sweet little bud that went over years ago; the younger man, is my…
Keeler – “Seven Spirit Faces Readily Recognized”
The Magazine of Spiritual Education
February 1, 1921
An article from the February, 1921 edition of The Magazine of Spiritual Education titled "Seven Spirit Faces Readily Recognized on These Pictures" depicting spirit photography. The article details a recognized spirit photograph, featuring Mrs. E. E. Rose, by photographer William M. Keeler. The article states: "I am sending you three pictures which may be of benefit to some poor soul seeking proof of life after death."
Buguet – “The Photograph of a Spirit”
The Medium and Daybreak
June 26, 1874
An article from the June 26th, 1874 edition of The Medium and Daybreak titled "The Photograph of a Spirit" depicting spirit photography. The article details Édouard Isidore Buguet, spirit photographer.
Buguet – “Attempt to Crush Out Spiritualism in France”
Banner of Light
July 10, 1875
An article from the July 10th, 1875 edition of Banner of Light on spirit photographer Édouard Isidore Buguet. The article describes how Buguet was caught producing fraudulent photos and he has since "turned against Spiritualism and reputed his mediumship". Buguet also accuses persons, Leymarie and Firman who deny the allegations.
Mumler – Letter to J. Burns
The Harbringer of Light
July 1, 1872
A letter from William H. Mumler to J. Burns printed in the July 1st, 1872 edition of The Harbinger of Light. The letter describes to Burns that Mumler cannot guarantee a specific spirit will appear as he just acts as "a medium for preparing and developing the negative". Mumler goes on to state which evidence that spirit photography is true, "12 years of accumulative evidence". He also states he has the evidence of 1000s of people who had photographs taken and recognized spirits within. Mumler goes on to give specific instances of people who had their photograph taken and recognized the spirit. He states that he believes he has given enough evidence that spirit photographs are true and that the…
Doyle – “Mexican Priest’s Spook Photos”
The Philadlephia Record
April 10, 1923
An article from the April 10th, 1923 version of The Philadelphia Record describing a Mexican Priest's demonstration of fraudulent spirit photographs, putting into question Arthur Conan Doyle's beliefs.
Mumler – Trial Coverage; 9 Articles [Part C]
New York Herald
1869
A series of nine articles from The New York Herald covering the trial of William H. Mumler from April 22nd to May 5th 1869. The articles include details from the case, testimony, and pits science against Spiritualist. Articles: “Barnum’s Testimony” - April 30th, 1869 “Biographical Statement of Mr. Mumler” - May 4th, 1869 “Visible Pictures of Invisible Things” - May 5th, 1869 [Part A] | [Part B] | [Part C]
Mumler – Trial Coverage; 9 Articles [Part B]
New York Herald
1869
A series of nine articles from The New York Herald covering the trial of William H. Mumler from April 22nd to May 5th 1869. The articles include details from the case, testimony, and pits science against Spiritualist. Articles: “The Spirits Laid Bare” - April 27th, 1869 “Lathering the Spirits” - April 28th, 1869 “Shadows Avaunt!” - April 29th, 1869 [Part A] | [Part B] | [Part C]