Smallwood Double Exposure

Updated May 03, 2021
Kathy Pinna
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on Oct 21, 2011 12:32 PM
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
Date & Place: at Smallwood Studio in Chicago, Illinois USA

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AncientFaces commented on Oct 20, 2015
When photography was young, double exposure photos were "proof" of spirits. So, for National Paranormal day, a 1905 picture of a young girl surrounded by "spirits"
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