'Alice and Leaping Fairy', August 1920.
© Glenn Hill / NMeM / Science & Society Picture Library
In the Summer of 1917, 15-year-old Elsie 'Iris' Wright (1901-1988) and her 10-year-old cousin Frances 'Alice' Griffiths (1907-1996) claimed to have photographed fairies in a beck behind Elsie's home in Cottingley, near Bradford. Although Elsie later admitted the photographs were fakes, Frances was more reticent. To her dying day she claimed that the girls had seen fairies, and that at least one of the photographs was genuine.