1. “Spirit photography”—a practice that attempts to capture images of ghosts—emerged in the 1860s, coinciding with a rise in spiritualism in the United States.
2. Because photography was a misunderstood medium at the time, cunning photographers could trick ordinary citizens into believing that they could reveal the spirits around them.
3. Clients would pay for fraudulent seances or sittings.
4. And the pictures they got back always had ghosts!
5. Really, the “spirits” were a result of double exposures, image overlays, and other darkroom techniques.
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