The leaves are turning and it is getting colder. It is time to start thinking of one of my favorite times of the year. Halloween! In honor of my favorite holiday, I have chosen some of my most inspiring Victorian Spirit Photographs finds, as well as my most own 19th Century inspired haunted illustration.
Anonymous - c1870s spirit photograph of two ghostly figures, one of which is a young nun.
Although, most of this Victorian Spirit photography is known to be the artists trickery. I still love the results. And maybe just for a moment, having a photo where the sitter believed their loved one was still with them was helpful, maybe even healing, I hope anyway.
The Spiritualism Movement still fascinates me, even though I am too much of a skeptic to believe it to be real...But sometimes, especially at this time of year, I allow my mind to wander and let myself believe a bit more.
I mean who doesn't love a good ghost story?
William Hope, Family Group with Two Spirits, c.1920
Wylie, Mrs. Bentley and the Spirit of her Deceased Sister, c.1920
William Mumler, Mrs. French with a Child "Ghost", 1868