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Cottingley Fairies

In 1983, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths stated that back in 1917, they had perpetrated a majestic hoax.

Their world famous photographs, showing the girls in the company of fairies dancing around them, were paper cut-outs, supported by hat pins. It had fooled both sceptics and believers.

The Cottingley Fairies hoax. Photographer: Johnny Green/PA The famous Cottingley fairies were “photographed” by two girls Elsie Wright, 15, and her cousin Frances Griffiths, 10, in the last days of the First World War.

The case got its international acclaim through Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes, who was fascinated by the account and published an article in the Strand Magazine in December 1920.

With the world’s attention focused on them, the girls had little option but to stick to their story. A juvenile prank had grown into a mass media circus.

In 1981 the two women admitted to faking all but one of the photographs, but insisted that they really had seen fairies.

Follow this link to visit Cottingley’s website http://www.cottingleyconnect.org.uk/