Alice and Leaping Fairy, August 1920.
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 08: In the summer of 1917, 15-year-old Elsie 'Iris' Wright (1901-1988) and her 10-year-old cousin Frances 'Alice' Griffiths (1907-1996) claimed to have photographed fairies in a beck behind Elsie's home in Cottingley, near Bradford. The photographs of the 'Beck Fairies', as the girls called them, went on to become one of the most famous examples of image manipulation in photography. Alice was probably the name given to Frances by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) in an attempt to conceal the girls' identities when he published the photographs. Although Elsie later admitted the photographs were fakes, Frances was more reticent. To her dying day she claimed that the girls had seen fairies, and that at least one of the photographs was genuine. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
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August 01, 1920
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