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Main article: "The Multiverse and other Fairytales"


Sidebar: The Cottingley Fairies

Below are pictures taken in 1917 by cousins Elsie Write and Frances Griffiths with descriptions from Wikipedia (Wiki)1 and Donald E. Simanek (DES).2 In later interviews the cousins acknowledged the pictures had been faked; though Elsie maintained the last one was real. The 1997 movie Fairytale: A True Story is based on the account of the Cottingley Fairies

Photo 1

DES: Frances and the Fairies, July 1917, taken by Elsie. Midg Quarter camera at 4 feet, 1/50 sec., sunny day.

Wiki: The first of the five photographs, taken by Elsie Wright in 1917, shows Frances Griffiths with the alleged fairies.

Photo 2

DES: Photo No. 2, taken in September, showed Elsie sitting on the lawn reaching out her hand to a friendly gnome (about a foot high, with wings) who is stepping forward onto the hem of her wide skirt.

Wiki: The second of the five photographs, showing Elsie with a winged gnome

Photo 3

DES: Photo No. 3 "Francis and the Leaping Fairy" showed a slightly blurred profile of Frances with the winged fairy suspended in mid-air just in front of her nose. The background and the fairy are not blurred. Hmmm...

Wiki: Frances and the Leaping Fairy, the third photograph

Photo 4

DES: Photo No. 4 shows a fairy hovering in mid-air offering a flower to Elsie. Well, this fairy may be standing on a branch, for the fairy images are of indeterminable distance from the camera.

Wiki: The fourth photograph, Fairy Offering Posy of Harebells to Elsie


Photo 5

DES: Photo No. 5 "Fairies and their Sunbath" is the only one that looks as if it could have been an accidental or deliberate double exposure.

Wiki: Fairies and Their Sun-Bath, the fifth and last photograph of the Cottingley Fairies

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1 Referenced from Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, 8/8/2015


2 Referenced from Donald E. Simanek, Arthur Conan Doyle, Spiritualism, and Fairies, 8/8/2015