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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.
Harry Houdini & 5 Spirits
Alexander Martin
May 10, 1923
A 1923 spirit photograph by Alexander Martin featuring Harry Houdini and five spirits. Houdini declared the spirit photograph fraudulent, stating: I have not the slightest doubt that Mr. Martin’s Spirit photographs were simply double exposures. I think his method was to cut out various pictures, place them on a background and make an exposure. His plates were then ready for his next sitter, which in the above instance was myself. Being an expert photographer he might have used the original wet plate method of making an exposure, developing it, washing the emulsion off the plate and refinishing it with a new emulsion but I am convinced that the two Spirit photos which he made of me were simply double exposures.…
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.
Doyle – “Duped by Faked Spirit Pictures”
The Philadlephia Record
April 18, 1923
An article from the April 18th, 1923 version of The Philadelphia Record arguing the Arthur Conan Doyle is mistake in believing in spirit photography.
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.
Fraudulent Spirit Photograph Engraving
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
May 5, 1877
An engraving from the May 5th, 1877 edition of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper featuring the process of producing a fraudulent spirit photograph.
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]
Mumler – Trial Coverage; 9 Articles [Part A]
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 Tombs Opened” - April 22, 1869 “Further Interesting Developments” - April 24, 1869 “The Spiritualist” - April 25, 1869 [Part A] | [Part B] | [Part C]
Mumler – The Trial of William Mumler
Harper's Weekly
May 8, 1869
The cover of the May 8th, 1969 edition of Harper’s Weekly featuring an engraving and article about the trial of William H. Mumler. The engraving features 9 images of spirit photography produced by Mumler. The article describes the trial against Mumler for allegedly producing false spirit photographs.