10 Great Victorian Headless Photographs

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As soon as photography was invented, people wanted to make trick photographs. One of the most popular tricks was making 'headless' portraits. Books such as "Magic: Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversion including Trick Photography" published in 1897 contained diagrams for creating illusions such as decapitations, multiples, and spirit photographs.  The Victorian version of photoshop fun and the resulting photos are still creepy today!

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Early 1800s

Complete with Blood!

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Antique Trick Photographs, Barbara Levine, Victorian Headless Photographs

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