The World Before Photoshop: Fake And Doctored Pictures Throughout History


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Just because the digital tools didn’t exist at the time doesn’t mean people weren’t manipulating photos.There were all kinds of reasons to do so — political motivations, pranks, a desire to look more heroic.

We’ve taken some of our favourites and gathered them here. Some of them are quite realistic and others will just make you laugh.

This famous picture of Lincoln features his head grafted to the body of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.

The finished photo of Ulysses S. Grant on the left was com posited from these three other pictures.

Stalin was known for removing his enemies from pictures, such as the person seen here.

Mussolini had the horse handler removed from this picture to make it look more dramatic.

This famous photograph by Robert Capa, taken during the Spanish Civil War, inspires a lot of debate as to whether it was staged or not.

This was passed off as a photograph of a suicide victim in 1840. In reality, it was a sick self-portrait of the photographer.

This photo was published in LIFE Magazine in 1970 after National Guardsmen fired into a crowd of demonstrators at Kent State University. The pole was removed to make it more aesthetic.

Photographer Alfred Stanley used wooden props to create this giant watermelon.

The Cottingley Fairies were actually paper cutouts created by two young girls between 1917-1920.

This fake picture of Senator Tydings talking with the head of the American Communist Party may have caused him to lose his reelection campaign.

Adolf Hitler had Dr. Joseph Goebbels removed from this picture for reasons that are still unknown.

More removal of political enemies from photographs, a once-common practice.

This photo was faked during our era: John Kerry attending an antiwar event with Jane Fonda in protest of Vietnam -- the event never even took place.

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