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Photographing the Invisible
July 26, 1913
An advertisement in the July 26th, 1913 edition of Light for James Coates' book, Photographing the Invisible. The advertisement states the book "traces the history of 'Spirit Photography' in during the past forty years, and gives a lucid account of its remarkable progress". Photographing the Invisible (1911) - A book about the practice of spirit photography in the late 19th and early 20th century. Coates describes his own experiences and techniques for capturing images of spirits and analyzes the work of others in the field, while also exploring the history and methods of spiritualism. James Coates (c. 1927) – British writer on Spiritualism and spirit photography. He contributed articles to Light and Two Worlds and was the author of the…
Woman & 4 Spirits
An 1890s spirit photograph by an unknown photographer featuring an unidentified woman and four spirits.
The Case for Spirit Photography
January 6, 1923
An advertisement by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the January 6th, 1923 edition of Light for his book, The Case for Spirit Photography. The book offers "corroborative evidence by experienced researchers and photographers" for the price of 2s 10d.
Mr. Adshead & Mother
Fredrick A. Hudson
An 1870s spirit photograph by Frederick A. Hudson featuring Mr. Adshead, an unidentified sitter, and a spirit, draped in cloth. Written on the back is "Mr. Adshead & Mother / from Huma, Nov 16 / p 473 no. 1".
Emma Hardinge Britten & Spirit of Beethoven
William H. Mumler
An 1871 spirit photograph by William H. Mumler featuring the medium Emma Hardinge Britten reading a book and the spirit of Beethoven. Emma Hardinge Britten (1823 – 1899) - English advocate for the early Modern Spiritualist Movement. Much of her life and work was recorded and published in her speeches and writing and an incomplete autobiography edited by her sister. She is remembered as a writer, orator, trance clairvoyant, and spirit medium
Unidentified Man & Spirit
An 1870s spirit photograph by an unknown photographer featuring an unidentified man and a spirit face.
Man Reading with Spirit Holding Flowers
William H. Mumler
An 1870s spirit photograph by William H. Mumler featuring and unidentified man, reading a book, with a spirit holding flowers.