Fairy Offering Flowers to Iris, 1920

Fairy Offering Flowers to Iris, August 1920. A photograph of Elsie ‘Iris’ Wright taken by Frances ‘Alice’ Griffiths. A fairy stands on a tree branch offering Elsie a small bunch of flowers. After the first two fairy photographs had appeared, ‘experts’ demanded further proof. Edward Gardner – a leading Theosophist fascinated by fairies who had authenticated the earlier photographs – traveled to see the cousins. Gardner gave Elsie and Frances two new cameras, with secretly marked photographic plates to detect any tampering. He asked them to take more fairy photographs – of which this was one. | src SSPL – Getty Images

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