Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Remember The Cottingley Fairies in England
They had Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Nuts.
The Cottingley Fairies appear in a series
of five photographs taken by Elsie Wright
and Frances Griffiths,two young cousins who
lived in Cottingley,
near Bradford England.
In 1917, when the first two photographs were taken,
Elsie was 16 years old and Frances was 10.
The pictures came to the attention of writer
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who used them to illustrate
an article on "Fairies" he had been commissioned
to write for the Christmas 1920 edition of
"Strand Magazine" . Conan Doyle, as a spiritualist,
was enthusiastic about the photographs,
and interpreted them as clear and
visible evidence of "Psychic" phenomena.
Public reaction was mixed; some accepted
the images as genuine, but others believed
they had been faked.
Interest in the Cottingley Fairies gradually declined
after 1921. Both girls grew up, married and lived
abroad for a time. Yet the photographs continued to
hold the public imagination; in 1966 a reporter
from the "Daily Express" newspaper traced Elsie,
who had by then returned to the UK. Elsie left open
the possibility that she believed she had photographed
her thoughts, and the media once again became
nterested in the story. In the early 1980s Elsie
and Frances admitted that the photographs were
faked using cardboard cutouts of fairies copied
from a popular children's book of the time,
but Frances continued to claim that the fifth
and final photograph was genuine.
My family is from Sligo
and Cork Ireland.
Some People really
beleve in Fairy's.
I found fairy footprints
in a rock.
Yes, two little girls set the whole of England
nuts. The photographs fooled the best of them
Elsie wright 16 and Francis Griffiths 10 years old.
It is a fun true story.
Fairy names:: Breena-Diana-Donella
Ella- Faye- Lily- Rosalie-Shea-Tana-
and a boy is
Puck like in Shakespeare
Posted by Yvonne @ La Petite Gallery
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