Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Museum of Hoaxes

The Museum of Hoaxes is dedicated to promoting knowledge about hoaxes. Searching in their website I found some interested photos which are hoaxes but for years considered to be real...

1. The Brown Lady of Raynham

This picture, taken in 1936 by two photographers for Country Life magazine, is one of the most famous ghost photos ever taken. The ghost in the image is known as the "Brown Lady" of Raynham Hall. The Brown Lady is supposedly the ghost of Lady Townshend who was imprisoned in the Hall by her husband. Skeptics argue that this image was created by superimposing two pictures on top.

2. The Surgeon's Photo

This photograph supposedly of the Loch Ness monster taken by Robert Kenneth Wilson, a British gynecologist, on April 19, 1934 at around 7:30 AM. Because of Wilson's profession, the picture came to be known as "The Surgeon's Photo." In 1994 it was revealed that the picture actually shows a toy submarine outfitted with the head of a sea serpent.

3. The Tip of the Iceberg

Many people e-mailed this photo to each other in 2001. The text that accompanied it claimed that a diver on a drilling rig off the coast of Newfoundland had snapped this unusual shot of an approaching iceberg. In actuality, the image was a composite of a number of photos stitched together by a professional photographer, Ralph Clevenger, who had designed it as an inspirational poster for a company called "Successories".

4. The Watermelon Party A postcard created by Alfred Stanley Johnson in 1911. Johnson lived in Waupun, Wisconsin. The bottom image shows the original, unedited picture which Johnson used to create the trick effect. The children posed, holding wooden props. Johnson then cut and pasted a picture of a watermelon slice into this picture to create the illusion of a party featuring a giant watermelon .