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Photo taken by G.S. Smallwood: A double exposure "spirit" photograph of a girl holding flowers, surrounded by "spectral" faces of four people.

You may look at this and just see a double exposure. But this kind of "spirit" photo (often purposely faked, not accidental) was very popular around the turn of the 20th century. Photography was relatively new and spiritualism was very popular. This photo would have been seen as proof that the girl had three spirit guides around her, protecting her.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, G.S. Smallwood photographer
at Smallwood Studio, Chicago, Illinois USA

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AncientFaces A double exposure “spirit” photo of a young girl holding flowers. Spirit photography was popular from the 1860s through the early 20th century. Photographers would act as mediums and claim that ghosts could be captured with photography. If you look closely you'll notice two women holding two children. People at the time could have seen this photo as proof that the girl had spirit guides around her.
Oct 20, 2015 · Reply
Daniel Pinna This is a perfect photo for Halloween!
Oct 21, 2011 · Reply
Kathy Pinna LOL ...ooooooo . . . spooky!!
Oct 21, 2011 · Reply
JaniceEarliene Carr I had a double exposure several years ago by accident! I had taken a picture of my grandfather's grave when I visited my family in N.C.. When I came back home my friend & I got together for lunch one day - Later when I got my pictures developed I was shocked to see HER sitting on top of his grave! Unbelievable? :(
Nov 03, 2015 · Reply
JaniceEarliene Carr I think I forgot to change the film? Because there were other "Double Exposures" as well - but, that is the one I remember. Years later she came down with Breast Cancer. Could there be a connection?
Nov 03, 2015 · Reply
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