A clergyman and two spirits

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Creator: William Hope (1863 - 1933)
Date: c. 1920
Collection: National Media Museum Collection
Inventory no: 2002-5054/7
Blog: G is for ghosts... the birth and rise of spirit photography

The clergyman and his wife had attended a seance at which a voice was heard, claiming to be their stillborn daughter - whom the 'spirit people' had named Rose. The voice asked them to sit for a psychic photograph, telling them she would try to appear in it.

'Rose' is not clearly apparent in the image. The image of the man was identified as the long-deceased father of the clergyman. Hope may have asked the clergyman to bring a photograph of his father, under the pretence of using the image to contact the spirit world.


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  1. 銅錢咖~ 62 months ago | reply

    holy these pics are amazing ,but i dont know if it s real
    how can the pipefish be on it...

  2. Best of Toyman's TOY ROOM 62 months ago | reply

    ''Relatively'' speaking , they do a good job faking photos back then... just like some are fake today.

  3. pegar si è persa in questo incanto 62 months ago | reply

    You are invited to add your photo to
    Vous êtes invité à ajouter votre photo à


    post 1 ~ comment 2 ~ invite 1
    poste 1 ~ comme 2 ~ invitez 1

  4. beanbag1957 61 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sepia tones.... Australia and around the World :) , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  5. minions & myrmidons 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Face Time, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. aphotoshooter 58 months ago | reply

    interesting... mystical feel...

    keep shooting..
    Seen on my Flickr home page. ( ?² )

  7. Chinthaka Sri Lanka 58 months ago | reply

    Funny story. Ghosts are only illusions created in human mind not on a light sensitive film.

  8. GenEvIEVe 1467 57 months ago | reply

    what in the world is the pipefish there for???

  9. Orbes [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

    I don't know why but there I doubt many of this photo...

  10. Haroon Kassim 56 months ago | reply

    Love the texture & PP. Nice work.

  11. karmela4 56 months ago | reply

    i love the texture.

  12. Ehmbong 54 months ago | reply

    Very creative nostalgic effect...

  13. Ehmbong 54 months ago | reply

    Very creative nostalgic effect... oh...it's indeed a nostalgic image.

  14. ChickenBalls 53 months ago | reply

    Where are the aliens and UFOs? :D

  15. daumier1 50 months ago | reply

    The composition is soo great I'm certain he was more of an artist than a medium...Who cares about real ghosts when you have a perfect ''Carriere''...

  16. bedavafilmizle [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

    really that is not realistic picture, as if they played on it. vizyon film izle

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