The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost

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William H. Mumler (1832–1884) was an American spirit photographer who worked in New York and Boston.

https://www.amazon.com/Apparitionis...37804666&sr=8-1&keywords=lincoln+spiritualism

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A story of faith and fraud in post–Civil War America, told through the lens of a photographer who claimed he could capture images of the dead

In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized America’s imagination. A “spirit photographer,” William Mumler took portrait photographs that featured the ghostly presence of a lost loved one alongside the living subject. Mumler was a sensation: The affluent and influential came calling, including Mary Todd Lincoln, who arrived at his studio in disguise amidst rumors of séances in the White House.

Peter Manseau brilliantly captures a nation wracked with grief and hungry for proof of the existence of ghosts and for contact with their dead husbands and sons. It took a circus-like trial of Mumler on fraud charges, starring P. T. Barnum for the prosecution, to expose a fault line of doubt and manipulation. And even then, the judge sided with the defense—nobody ever solved the mystery of his spirit photography. This forgotten puzzle offers a vivid snapshot of America at a crossroads in its history, a nation in thrall to new technology while clinging desperately to belief.


One of his famous guest and photos...

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Here a link to an article on Mumler...

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ne...-claimed-to-capture-abraham-lincoln-ghost/amp

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Mumler had stumbled—unwittingly, he later argued—into a realm of séances and mesmerism, and its adherents ascribed to him the same gifts they saw in clairvoyants and mediums. Here was a man who’d breached the black curtain between worlds. They blared his name in such papers as the Banner of Light and the Herald of Progress.
 
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Here a whole article on ghost photos with Mumler playing his part and how he did it...

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150629-the-intriguing-history-of-ghost-photography?ocid=twfut

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The roots of spirit photography can be traced back to the 19th Century. During the 1850s and ‘60s, many photographers were experimenting with new effects such as stereoscopic images and double exposure. But some unscrupulous photographers soon realised that these techniques could be exploited for profit.

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An enterprising American amateur photographer called William Mumler is thought to be the first person to capture a ‘spirit’ in a photograph in the early 1860s.
 
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