Joe and Will Thomas and their grandmother's spirit

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Creator: William Hope (1863 - 1933)
Date: c. 1920
Collection: National Media Museum Collection
Inventory no: 2002-5054/8
Blog: G is for ghosts... the birth and rise of spirit photography

A photograph of Welsh mediums and brothers Joe and Will Thomas.

The Thomas family claimed that the image superimposed over the sitters was the only photograph of their deceased grandmother in existence. Hope, however, would have used an existing photograph of a woman to create the illusion.


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  1. WALLANDBOY 777 [deleted] 62 months ago | reply


  2. stefangustafsson 59 months ago | reply

    their work is not real.. read wiki.

  3. S O R P R E S A ! [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

    this is a phantom?

  4. pimnara 57 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot !! Congrats on Explore!!

  5. cahrule11 56 months ago | reply

    ~_0h,.its niCe,.

    bUt sOme dOnt beLeive iT,

    i dOnt knOw if i beLeive,.

  6. nrgrus 55 months ago | reply

    I've seen energy that still exists. "We are energy slowed to visibility" or better yet "we are energy having a human experience". We have an energy anatomy that keeps our body alive. (Auras are the example of energy and an atom our cells are made of) We can approach this anatomy for complete wellness.
    One example of the future of health care or prevention is this site: (Just say Ammie sent you)

  7. vintod 52 months ago | reply

    that spirit on the right must be far back in the distance... or very tiny. lol

  8. reginacoelilodde 51 months ago | reply


  9. Hisamogu 50 months ago | reply

    "Will envied his brother Joe's prowess with smoke rings..."

  10. Adiyapatham Sundaresan 50 months ago | reply

    It is interesting to know our forefathers were able to do graphics in those day itself

  11. *CoMa* [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

    I love how people shamelessly promote themselves on here

  12. gutierrezbagg 47 months ago | reply

    This picture is pretty funny!

  13. Anne.of.Cleves 46 months ago | reply

    This is creepy and cool at the same time!

  14. Percy Ferry 32 months ago | reply

    Just another badly faked "spirit " photo - meh!
    Some of you commenters ought to be a little less credulous :)

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