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Another fascinating, but hard to find movie on The Cottingley Fairies story - "Photographing Fairies"  a 1997 film, based on the 1992 novel by Steve Szilagyi, if you can get a copy.

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Check this out - The Fairy Investigation Society , created in 1927 to investigate real fairy life and culture, linked to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Walt Disney, and many high profile and often eccentric people throughout the 19th century, still known to be active until at least the 1990's , now seems to have resurfaced - and opened their society to the public...

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Unseen vintage celluloid negatives from the 1920's, copies were recently sent to us from the society called The F.I.S.  - could these photographs be connected to( The Cottingley Fairies? Although at least 4 of the 5 original photographs taken by the two girls involved were fakes -  (as finally admitted years later by the girls themselves), debate still continues to this day about the truth of the existence of real fairies at Cottingley Beck. We will examine these negatives, and then invite you and specialists to help us identify and solve the mystery of the origin of these photos.

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Such Exciting News for all children  - who really do believe in faeries ...and who live in England .... there's now a chance to meet up with other faeries this summer at the place where the original Cottingley faeries were found !
The North: Cottingley Fairies Festival will be on the 16th Aug 2014

It's described as outside children’s festival, with a selection of stalls and games for families. Music and dance, family picnic, circus skills , arts and crafts , fairy dog show , fire show and fancy dress. Free admission. Recreational grounds, Off Manor Road, Cottingley, Bingley.
And here's the link so you can find out more!

We will soon be updating you on 2015 events and some very exciting recent news about The Cottingley Fairies!

Previously undiscovered and never seen vintage photo negatives and archive movie footage, which could provide us with the truth about the history of the fairies of Cottingley Beck.

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This is so fascinating,...because in this English tv program, we find out the truth about The Cottingley Fairy photographs, from both Frances' daughter, and her granddaughter, but many years later in the 1980's. . We discover that Fances always maintained throughout her life, that the fifth fairy photograph was real - and perhaps it does not not look that realistic to us now, but it's such a beautiful photo, and its such a magical story....what do you think?

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We'd like to know what you think of The Rossendale Fairies? Captured just a month or so ago by a photographer,  but are they real fairies?
Rossendale Fairies ~ The Huffington Post
Rossendale Fairies: Skeptics Swarm  Over Alleged 'Fairy' Photos The Huffington Post | by David Moye Posted: 04/07/2014 4:06 pm EDT A British professor is getting a swarm of attention for a series of photos depicting tiny creatures that he suggests look lik...

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The background story to The Cottingley Fairies
The 'Cottingley Fairies'
Fakes, Frauds and Hoaxes

In Mid 1917 Francis Griffiths and her mother moved to England from South Africa, staying at the home of Francis mother’s sister in Cottingley, West Yorkshire. Elsie Wright, who was sixteen, delighted in having another young person in the house, and the two would spend many a day playing alongside the stream that ran through the bottom of the Cottingley property.

Francis and Elsie stated to the adults of the house, that the reason they spent so much time at the stream, often to return soaking wet, was to see the fairies. Understandably the adults thought these the musings and imagination of children, so paid them no heed.

The two girls decided to prove to the adults that the fairies existed. Elsie borrowed her fathers camera, and set off down to the stream in order to catch the fairies on photo. The two girls returned and Elsie's father, Arthur, set off to his amateur darkroom to develop the photographic plate.

The resulting picture showed Frances, seated semi-obscured by a bush, with four fairies dancing and playing in front of her. Arthur automatically brushed the photo’s off as an innocent prank and not a lot more was said.

Several months, later the girls had captured a gnome on film. This time Elsie was the subject of the photo, and she was seen sitting on the lawn, holding out her hand to the foot tall little person. Arthur concluded the girls had tampered with his camera, and refused to lend it to them again, and that was that!

Two years later Elsie's mother was attending a lecture on fairies at the Bradford Theosophical Society. At the end of the lecture, she showed the photos of the fairy and the gnome to the lead speaker, and from there they made their way to the public’s attention.

As to be expected, there were some criticisms of the girls and the photos. Edward Gardner ,the head of the national Theosophical Society sent the prints and the original plate to a photography expert to be analysed. The expert concluded the images were real and genuine, with no apparent tampering with the plates.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, spiritualist and author of Sherlock Holmes, heard of the photographs after he had been commissioned to write an article on fairies for the Christmas edition of 'The Strand Magazine'. He contacted Arthur Wright for permission to use the photos in the publication, to which Arthur agreed. Upon receiving some enhanced prints, Doyle set out for a second expert opinion and contacted Kodak.

Kodak too stated that there was no evidence of tampering, but refused to submit a certificate of authenticity, as these photos did not show conclusive proof of being photographs of fairies.

In 1920 another series of photographs were taken of the fairies at the request of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edward Gardner. Gardner visited the two girls at Cottingley and presented them both with a camera (to keep). He encouraged the girls to go back to the stream to see if they could capture the fairies again.

The fairies would not appear if others were watching, so the girls were left alone to see what they could capture. The girls returned to the house, having taken several shots, two which had recorded the fairies once again. Gardner wrote to Doyle straight away (Doyle was on a lecture tour of Australia at the time) to which Doyle replied:

'My heart was gladdened when out here in far Australia I had your note and the three wonderful pictures which are confirmatory of our published results. When our fairies are admitted other psychic phenomena will find a more ready acceptance. We have had continued messages at séances for some time that a visible sign was coming through.'

The photo’s appeared in the December 1920 issue of 'The Strand Magazine', to mixed reactions. Many claimed the photo’s to be obvious fakes, and that the two girls had pulled Doyles leg.

Soon there was a flurry of fairy sightings all across the world. People sent in their experiences to Conan Doyle, who wrote a book in 1922 titled 'The coming of the Fairies'. It was at this time that much of Sir Arthur Conan Doyles credibility and integrity was questioned.

The world wide sensation of the Cottingley Fairies stayed for a while, but was soon relegated to books on spirituality and the paranormal.

In later years Elsie was interviewed, and although she claimed that the fairies were likely figments of their imaginations Frances and herself had managed to catch those thoughts in the photographs.

It was not until 1983 that the two cousins admitted to faking the photographs. The images had come from 'Princess Mary's gift Book', where they were cut out and supported by hatpins for the photos. The cut-outs had been thrown into the stream when they were no longer needed.

Frances passed away in 1986, followed by Elsie in 1988. Did the girls know at the time how much of a sensation they would become?

We can let Frances own words written in 1983 answer that for us:

"I hated those photographs from the age of 16 when Mr Gardner presented me with a bunch of flowers and wanted me to sit on the platform at a Theosophical Society meeting with him. I realised what I was in for if I did not keep myself hidden."

However they both maintained that there were fairies living at the bottom of that garden whether they were a manifestation or not of their imagination and belief is another story....

Ashley Hall 2012

Photo: 'Frances and the Leaping Fairy' 1917
Inset: Upper, Frances Griffiths and four of the fairies in the first photograph. Lower, a drawing from 'Princess Mary's Gift Book'

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The film is based on the true story of the Cottingley Fairies. In the summer of 1917, Frances Griffiths (then 10 years old) and her cousin Elsie Wright (then 16 years old) were living with Elsie's parents in the town of Cottingley in West Yorkshire. Using Arthur Wright's camera, the girls took a series of pictures of themselves with fairies in the nearby woodland brook of Cottingley Beck.

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The Cottingley Fairies are still here...
We've been really enjoying the antics of +Robin Goodfellow and +Billy Shakespeare with #Dream40... We found this in the archive from 2007 when Puck tried to play the same trick as he did in 1917 with Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths at Cottingley, but this time with our dancers... :)

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Wonderful photo, capturing the spirit and magic of children and nature!
Fairies Wear Boots ~ Black Sabbath
(Written by Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward)

"Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me
yeah I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies.
Yeah Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me
I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes, well all right now!"

So, you saw it with your own two eyes, huh? Then it must be true, right? Right? A key to thinking critically and skeptically - a rule that is well understood within the conjuring arts - is simply this: seeing is NOT always believing! Ask any competent conjuror.

This photograph appears to be a modern day version of the Cottingley Fairies, a sensation that was created in 1917, in Cottingley, England, when two young cousins, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, witnessed, and subsequently photographed, what they alleged to be actual living fairies. And what a sensation they caused, convincing a lot of people along the way that their photographs were legit. Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the astute logically thinking sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, became a believer.

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