Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cottingley Fairies

When listening to a podcast yesterday on famous historical hoaxes I was enthralled to hear the tale of the Cottingley Fairies.

Between 1917-1920 cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths took a series of five photographs portraying each other frolicking about in the woodlands wearing long white dresses and rag curled hair adorned with flowers and bows. What made the photographs (even more) spectacular was the presence of several dainty fairies!

As time passed the girls seemed to tire of their fairy friends and admitted the photographs were a hoax, they had created cardboard cutouts of fairies copied from popular childrens books. However for her whole life Frances continued to swear that the last photograph was infact genuine....

Hoax or not these photographs are so dreamy and make me wish fairy filled woodlands really did exist.

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