Unsettling Psychic Photography from the 1930s

by Allison Meier on September 18, 2014

Psychic Photography From A New Angle lantern slides

On May 15, 1934, a man named Mr. C.P. MacCarthy of Sheffield sent a letter confirming a meeting where he would “demonstrate under test conditions Fake Psychic Photography.”

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Justine Kurland,

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Robert Heinecken,

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Photograph by Horace Poolaw at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York

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