Hoax Photo Database: Recent Additions

What I've added during the past week to the Hoax Photo Database:

U.S. Army Releases Doctored Photographs
Bob Owen of the San Antonio Express-News noticed that these two photos released by the U.S. Army of soldiers recently killed in Iraq were almost identical, except for the soldiers' face, name, and rank.

Oswald's Backyard Photo
This photo of Lee Harvey Oswald posing with a rifle in his backyard is one of the most hotly debated photos in history. Conspiracy theorists continue to argue that it's fake, though government photo experts insist it's real. I agree with the government experts, but whatever the case, the photo definitely was retouched by newspapers upon initial publication.

Giant Human Skeleton
This image of the "skeletal remains of a human of phenomenal size," supposedly unearthed in Saudi Arabia, has been circulating online since 2004.

Francis Hetling's Victorian Waifs
In 1974 London's National Portrait Gallery exhibited photographs of Victorian waifs supposedly taken during the 1840s by a previously unknown photographer, Francis Hetling. Four years later the photos were revealed to be a hoax created by the artist Graham Ovenden.


Posted on Mon Sep 22, 2008

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