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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 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.
Feature: The History of Spirit Photography
Research Post
August 3, 2020
EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY Spirit photography originated with the invention of the daguerrotype in 1839. The daguerrotype process required individuals to pose for as long as 30 seconds before their portrait fully developed. Since people often shifted positions during the sitting, blurred and transparent images were frequently produced. An 1840s daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified male subject. His eyes appear glassy due to blinking during the sitting. BREWSTER’S GHOSTS The earliest account of a ghost photograph appears in Sir David Brewster's 1856 book The Stereoscope: It’s History, Theory, and Construction. In the text, Brewster describes how he was developing a daguerreotype when his subject moved and created a blurry image. He goes on to suggest that if a white clothed figure is…