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Three elderly people with two 'spirits', c 1920.

Hope, William

Three elderly people with two 'spirits', c 1920.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm


A photograph of a man and two women, possibly taken by William Hope (1863-1933). Two faces appear around the group - one, an elderly person, and the other that of a younger woman shrouded in a cloak. Hope's spirit album photographs use multiple exposure techniques to render the appearance of ghostly apparitions. Hope founded the spiritualist society known as the Crewe Circle and his work was popular after World War One when many bereaved people were desperate to find evidence of loved ones living beyond the grave. Although his deception was publicly exposed by a private investigator in 1922, he continued to practice.

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