Cottingley Fairies, 1917

when the picture above was printed across newspapers in England in 1917 (73 years before Photoshop), many were convinced that this was definitive proof of the existence of fairies.

among those fooled was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes (the literary paragon of reason) and ardent spiritualist. he wrote praises and purchased the young girls cameras so they can document even more photographic proof of the mythical fairies.

and in 1917 one would think cameras were not cheap.

suffice to say, it was all a hoax by the young girls.