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The headless man and other 19th-century trick photographs

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A collection of trick and unusual photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Headless Man Trick Photograph
Headless Man Trick Photograph

Before Photoshop, there were costumes and trick photography, and early artists made the most of both. io9 has put together a collection of trick or unusual photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the headless man above, a bald ghost, and a 3D rendering of the spirit of Christmas. The images come from Flickr sets, including the George Eastman House Collection, and most of them are a lot more intentionally funny than double-exposed "spirit photographs" made with some of the same techniques.