Quacky photographers persuaded grieving families that they could communicate with the deceased via photographs. They used double exposures to make ghostly face appear.
In the Victorian era, the mortality rate was extremely high. Diseases such as tuberculosis decimated populations.
The 1800s hosted a birth of new religious movements that integrated spirituality into pre-existing practices.
The first spirit photographer was William Mumler, who discovered a double exposure technique in the 1860s that made ghostlike figures appear in photographs.
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