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\"The Ghost of Bernadette Soubirous,\" circa 1890, by an unknown photographer.
Spirit photography was a type of photography whose primary attempt was to capture images of spiritual entities.
The movement began in the 1860\'s and before long photographers, both amateur and professional, came forward also calling themselves \"mediums\", claiming the ability to make dead appear in photographs.
Spirit photography soon became a popular pastime and literally thousands of dollars were made from those who came to have their portraits taken.
Today most are proven fakes and many of these \"mediums\" were later arrested and charged with fraud.