Haunting Spirit Photography from the Age Before Photoshop

There is nothing new under the sun: the history of the photo editing is almost as old as photography itself. Spirit photography was first widely employed by William H. Mumler in the 1860s, but the earliest pieces were made by Sir David Brewster for his 1856 book The Stereoscope: Its History, Theory, and Construction.… » 4/28/13 1:00pm 4/28/13 1:00pm

The Goofiest Old Timey Spirit Portraits Ever Photographed

We recently looked at the hilarious lengths 19th century photographers went through to keep infants from jumping out of portraits. Incidentally, the long exposure times that would've ruined those baby pictures allowed camera fiends of the 1800s to stage supernatural snapshots. » 6/08/12 2:40pm 6/08/12 2:40pm

A dog spirit by (1920s) Eugène…