Cottingley Fairies Fool the World
The Cottingley Fairies is the story of two young girls that hoaxed the world for decades with photograph proof of fairies existing.
In July of 1917, one week before the end of World War I, two young girls, Elsie Wright and her cousin Frances Griffiths, were highly frustrated. Because their parents didn’t believe that they had seen fairies in a glen, they were determined to get photograph proof. The girls set out with a camera which belonged to one of the parents. What the two girls came back with, astonished everyone. The press became involved, and the photo images became a worldwide sensation. Not only that, but a *famous author claimed the images to be the first scientific evidence of the existence of fairies!
The COTTINGLEY “FAIRY” photographs made a journalistic sensation worldwide when they first appeared in an article in the Strand Magazine, towards the end of 1919. Since that time, they have been regarded as the most amazing but charming hoax for allegedly proving the existence of fairies.
How the Two Girls Pulled Off the Cottingley Fairys’ Images
In late 1981 and mid-1982 respectively, Frances Way (Griffiths) and Elsie Hill (Wright), the two girls who took the photographs, are now, of course, much older, They publicly admitted for the first time, that the pictures were faked. Frances told one writer: “My heart always sinks when I look at them. When I think of how they’ve gone all around the world–I don’t see how people could believe they’re real fairies. I could see the backs of them and the hat pins when the photo was being taken.”
Frances and Elsie explained that they had taken colored cut-outs from a fairy-doll book and attached them to stakes. They proceeded to photograph these cut-outs posed in various places.
*Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini Rift
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer most noted for penning the famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Doyle, who was an avid Spiritualist, was convinced the pictures taken by the old Brownie Camera were of real fairies. A close friend of Harry Houdini, Doyle’s insistence that the photos were real caused an irrevocable rift of their friendship.
Looking at the images today, it is quite apparent the photos are 2-dimensional figures and although charming, can not possibly be real fairies. However, may believe fairies do exist.
Watch the movie. Click the link below to see images of the fairies which fooled many worldwide.
PS. A little secret. You can catch a glimpse of a very young Mel Gibson at the end of the movie.