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1920s Spirit Photography Is Still Mega Creepy

Ghosts are real. Real photogenic.

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The following photographs were taken in the 1920s by a man named William Hope, who made a name for himself as a professional medium in London around this same time. Of course, looking at these now, we're well aware that Hope used glass plates and double exposures to fake these ghostly images, but back then, Hope was able to successfully fool his clients. Which is actually really sad, considering that a portion of his business came from family members mourning the deaths of their relatives lost to WWI.

After supposedly hearing the voice of his stillborn child at a seance, this clergyman sat for a photograph, which developed to reveal the man's father. It's assumed that Hope asked the man to bring an image of his father to help contact the spirit world.