“Cottingley Fairies”

Elsie Wright, 1917, untitled from "Cottingley Fairies" photograph.
Elsie Wright, 1917, untitled from “Cottingley Fairies” photograph.

Do you believe in fairies? These girls certainly did. In 1917, two cousins, Else Wright and Frances Griffith took a group of  photographs of themselves frolicking around the forest with fairies. The two women never admitted to fabricating the photographs – although eventually saying that they may have been figments of their imagination that were somehow captured on film. While by today’s standards they may seem a bit silly – famous personalities like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed the images to be authentic. The initial examinations baffled experts and it wasn’t until the 1970s that specialists finally claimed to see strings in the images. But the actual negatives and prints were never tampered with. I think its much more fun to believe they are real 🙂

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