Spiritualism, Photography, Light, Instruments, Charlatanry, Crime
Discusses reports of the trial in New York of William H Mumler, accused of producing fake spirit photographs. Notes Mumler's defence of his photographs and his appeal to the testimony of John W Edmonds, who told the court that he clearly saw through a spirit. Punch concludes by suggesting that a spirit photographer 'must always be a transparent medium', but thinks that while Edmonds may have seen through a spirit, he did not 'see through' Mumler.
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