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The Cottingley Fairies

Category: Fakes, Frauds and Hoaxes

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Paranomal Atlas

In mid-1917, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright borrowed a camera belonging to Elsie's father. The girls headed down to the stream which ran through the bottom of their families property, in Cottingley, West Yorkshire.

When Elsie's father developed the photographic plate, it revealed an image of four fairies, playing and dancing around ten year old Frances. When the photograph's reached the public, the "Cottingley Fairies", as they are known, became some of the most famous photo's of their time.