R. Nunn & Spirit of Dr. Wooley
F. M. Parkes
An 1870s spirit photograph by F. M. Parkes. featuring R. Nunn and the spirit of Dr. Wooley. Written on the back is "Doctor Wooley Spirit Guide / Sitter R. Nunn Esq. / Series Parkes".
Dr. Hansmann & Spirit of Abraham Lincoln
William M. Keeler
A 1903 spirit photograph by William M. Keeler featuring Dr. Theodor Hansmann and the spirit of Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) - American lawyer, politician, and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War and succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, bolstering the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy. Dr. Theodor Hansmann (1821-1912) – Physician and Spiritualist from Washington, D.C. and was reported to have worked as Abraham Lincoln’s medical advisor. He had sittings with many celebrated spirit photographers and mediums. He was known for having his photograph taken with famous spirits including John Wilkes Booth, Robert E.…
Couple & Spirit of Doctor
Robert A. Boursnell
January 3, 1893
An 1893 spirit photograph by Robert Boursnell. The photograph features an unidentified man and woman with the spirit of their family doctor, draped in cloth, who had died around 1880.
Keeler – Spirit Photograph Advertisement
The Better Way
June 8, 1888
An advertisement by Dr. W. M. Keeler in the June 8th, 1888 edition of The Better Way for his services as a spirit photographer & developing medium. The advertisement offers spirit photographs for sitters who could not be present and states "the doctor has the power of producing spirit pictures from photographs" and "send your own photograph to the doctor to be operated upon".
Dr. Theodor Hansmann
Research Post
December 5, 2020
Dr. Theodor Hansmann (1821-1912) was a physician and Spiritualist from Washington, D.C. He is reported to have served as a medical advisor to President Abraham Lincoln. He had many sittings with celebrated spirit photographers and mediums. He gained notoriety for having his photograph taken with famous spirits such as John Wilkes Booth, Robert E. Lee, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. An article in The New York Harold describes Hansmann’s photographs as follows: “Dr. Hansmann’s collection of ‘spirit’ photographs is most interesting. There is one with the face of the Empress Josephine, and on the same plate is the head of Professor Darius Lyman, for a long time Chief of the Bureau of Navigation. The head of the Empress Josephine has…
Hannah Mumler & Spirit of Dr. Rush
William H. Mumler
An 1870s spirit photograph by William H. Mumler featuring Mumler's wife and assistant Hannah and the spirit of her "Controlling Spirit" Dr. Benjamin Rush. Learn More About Mumler's Relatives: Mumler Family Tree Hannah Frances Green Mumler (1832 - 1912) was a famous healing medium, and conducted her own spiritual business in addition to the business of assisting her husband.