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Welcome to The Skeptiseum
A Brief History of the Skeptiseum
About the Center For Inquiry
Items in the Apparitions Exhibit Collection
Spirit precipitations originally referred to paintings which the spirits supposedly materialized or "precipitated" onto paper or canvas. Later the term was applied to photograph-like productions as shown here.
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Spirit Photograph, cabinet
This photograph is a "cabinet" style (a paper print mounted on a card). Penciled on the back in a period handwriting style is "Spirit photograph/Taken April 1879." Note that the sitter is posed to one side to allow space for "spirit" entities.
Group Spirit Photograph
Spirit photograph with a central sittee figure, seen surrounded by a barrage of "spirit entities" (including the disembodied head of an infant) in this cabinet photograph.
Spirit Photograph, carte de visite
Carte de visite photograph featuring a subject posed in the foreground and two "spirit" figures in the background.
Spirit Photograph, French
This French spirit photograph, taken by Eugene Thiebault in 1863, is part of a spirit photography series, "Henri Robin and a Specter."
Hall of Ghosts and Spiritualism
Communication From Beyond Wing