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Man & Spirit
Fredrick A. Hudson
An 1870s spirit photograph by Fredrick A. Hudson featuring an unidentified man in a trance and a spirit in a cloth. The photograph bears the inscription "Copyright F. Hudson" on the front and "No. 22" on the rear.
Luther Parks & Spirit
William H. Mumler
An 1863 spirit photograph by William H. Mumler featuring Luther Parks and the spirit of a child. The back of the photograph states the spirit is his nephew but that appears to be a misprint in reference to another spirit photograph Parks had taken. The back of the photograph bears the inscription: PORTRAIT OF MR LUTHER PARKS, of Boston, U.S.A. The figure is recognized by himself and his family, as that of a deceased Nephew. See "Spiritual Magazine" for January & Feb. 1863. The Spiritual Magazine describes the photos as follows: The next is a portrait of Mr. Luther Parks, an elderly gentleman, well known in this city, sitting with his hat on. The spirit in this picture is entirely…
Flowers & Spirit
Craig & George Falconer
A 1930s spirit photograph by The Falconer Brothers. The photograph features two vases of flowers and a spirit surrounded by ectoplasm.
J. H. Evans & Spirit of Child
Robert A. Boursnell
An 1890s spirit photograph by Robert Boursnell featuring J. H. Evans and a spirit of a boy. Written on the back of the photograph is “Photographs of the Invisible / Obtained by Two Spiritualists in London“ and “Colored boy's spirit. No iris round the pupil of his eye. The sitter's hands holding flowers, is distorted by the unequal transparency of the Spirit's garment.”. J. H. Evans (d. 1924) – Spiritualist from Plymouth, England, was known for his participation in a series of spirit photographs with Robert Boursnell. He was a lecturer on Spiritualism and established the Westwell-Street Society.
Absent Baby & Spirit
An 1870s spirit photograph by an unknown photographer featuring a picture of an unidentified absent baby, next to a vase of flowers, and a spirit.
Man & Spirit
An 1880s spirit photograph by an unknown photographer featuring an unidentified man and a spirit.
Man & 3 Spirits
J. H. Copeland
An 1880s spirit photograph by J. H. Copeland featuring an unidentified man and three spirits.
Mrs. James Coates & Spirit of Daughter
September 10, 1909
A 1909 spirit photograph by Edward Wyllie featuring Mrs. James Coates and the spirit of her daughter. The back of the photograph states: Mrs. Coates. Picture of daughter, with lilies as promised three years before - for identity. Mrs. Coates wanted it known how we should know her, as she passed away as young child. She promised the lilies. Her spirit name being "lily". Mr. Wyllie, knew nothing of Lily. / Identified Portrait 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 book Photographing the Invisible.
Man & 13 Spirits
Sylvanus W. Fallis
A 1900s spirit photograph by Sylvanus W. Fallis featuring an unidentified man and 13 spirits.
James Robertson & Spirit
Robert A. Boursnell
An 1890s spirit photograph by Robert Boursnell featuring James Robertson and a spirit, surrounded by ectoplasm. Written on the back is "James Robertson, President Glasgow Association of Spiritualists with extra. / Psychic Photographer Boursnell". James Robertson was a Scotish author of several Spiritualists books and president of The Glasgow Association of Spiritualists.