‘Alice and the Fairies’, 1917

This picture showing Frances Griffiths with four dancing fairies was taken in 1917 by Elsie Wright, 16, in the village of Cottingley, West Yorkshire. The two girls, like so many children then and now, believed in fairies and set out to prove their existence. They staged them with paper cut-outs at the end of Elsie’s garden. | src SSPL – Getty Images via The Sun
Alice and the Fairies, taken by Elsie Wright, shows Frances Griffiths with the fairies, made from coloured paper cutouts and hat pins. July, 1917. | src Dominic Winter Auctioneers via The Guardian and Flickr
The images of the Cottingley Fairies were taken between July and September 1917 by 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her nine-year-old cousin Frances Griffiths, in the village of Cottingley, near Bingley in Yorkshire.

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