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"'Fairy Offering Flowers To Iris', August 1920."

"Griffiths, Frances"

4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


"A photograph of Elsie 'Iris' Wright (1901-1988), taken by Frances 'Alice' Griffiths (1907-1986). A fairy stands on a tree branch offering Elsie a small bunch of flowers. After the first two fairy photographs had appeared, 'experts' demanded further proof. Edward Gardner - a leading Theosophist fascinated by fairies who had authenticated the earlier photographs - travelled to see the cousins. Gardner gave Elsie and Frances two new cameras, with secretly marked photographic plates to detect any tampering. He asked them to take more fairy photographs - of which this was one. This fairy's 1920s hairstyle attracted much comment at the time. Sceptics argued that the fairy kingdom was unlikely to be in step with the latest human fashions. "

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