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Spirit photography began in the late 19th century, around the time that the the spiritualism movement was gaining traction across Europe and the United States. Spirit photographers like William H. Mummler, charged ten dollars for a photo and was much in demand.

William H. Mumler from an engraving that appeared in Harper’s Magazine, May 1869.
Born: 1832-1884

A ghostly apparition appears behind a young woman, who sits reading, oblivious to her spectral companion, circa 1925.
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Mary Todd Lincoln with the “ghost” of her husband.

Tableaux depicting life in hell, better known as Diableries, were all the rage in nineteenth century France but over the years the stereo images made after those clay tableaux were scattered and their hidden meaning lost