The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Books (Paperback))

By Louis Kaplan

Kaplan brings jointly Mumler's haunting pictures, his revealing memoir, and wealthy basic assets. He additionally contributes prolonged essays, which provide a old standpoint of the Mumler phenomena and delve into the sociocultural and theoretical matters surrounding this vibrant ghost tale.

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Ann f. ingalls, manhattan, testified lower than oath to her having sat for an image and acquired a likeness of her son. i've got given the above instances as facts of the most powerful type, as the proof have been elicited less than oath. even more will be offered from between my long island studies, yet i don't deem it important. i'll continue to provide the evidences of spirit-photography which got here handy after my go back to Boston. a few ten years or extra in the past, a gentleman in California despatched me his photograph, with the request that at a specified time i might positioned it on my desk and take a likeness of it, putting the digicam on the similar relative distance as though I had a private sitting. He acknowledged that on the comparable hour (making allowance for the difference in time) he might sit down quietly, concentrating his brain at the topic, and request a few of his spirit-friends to aim and express themselves with the image. the results of the scan was once a hit, as, on constructing the damaging, 3 types (if my reminiscence serves me) have been visible status round the desk, which, the gentleman wrote me, have been famous. due to the fact that that point i've got taken many photos in that manner, and feature given a few attractive checks. i've got taken a variety of of images for dr. william edwards, No. 616 New Capitol road, Washington, D. C. , a gentleman i haven't met, yet have within the above demeanour, bought likenesses of approximately all of the participants of his relatives who've handed to the spirit-life, which he absolutely and unmistakably well-known. mrs. h. b. haines, of recent Orleans, l. a.. , despatched an image to be copied; and after receiving the copies she wrote me as follows: “On my photographs i used to be gratefully shocked to acknowledge the unmistakable likeness of my mom. ” mr. joseph dexter, of Boston, known as on me to have an image taken; yet, now not making any own sittings at the moment, he left his carte de visite to have me reproduction it, which I did, and succeeded in getting his mom, which, he instructed me, was once famous through his sister and different family members. an outstanding attempt Figure 18. William H. Mumler, “Mrs. Tinkman with the Spirit of Her Child,” 1862–75. The J. Paul Getty Museum (84. XD. 760. 1. 7). the private reviews of William H. Mumler — ninety one in reference to this photograph is that his mom promised, via a medium, that she might carry in her hand an anchor of flowers. the image indicates that the promise used to be fulfilled. In a letter from mrs. h. f. m. brown, the well known medium, who's now in Virginia urban, Nevada, she says: “You may well keep in mind that a while in the past I despatched you an order for a spiritpicture of Mrs. Smith. on the time appointed I sat on my own; the spirit of Mrs. S. got here with 3 others. I talked to them as to people within the shape; flaunted to them a few of your photos, and requested them to visit you and take a look at and convey themselves at the photograph you have been approximately taking. They bowed and have been long gone. i didn't recognize the events, and questioned in the event that they understood me and had long gone on your room to be taken. the photographs have been sought after as a attempt. once they arrived i used to be shocked to work out the very spirits I had formerly seen—four in all—on the cardboard.

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