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Girl on a swing
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The Thanatos Archive: Early Post Mortem and Memorial Photography
A discussion on the Facebook "Victorian Images" page (ca, 28 June 2010) raised the question as to whether this was a real half girl or a trick photograph. The respondants came down for a number of reasons that it was a trick.
- The girl has clear signs of the top of a pelvis.
- The swing does not appear strong enough to support the weight of a person.
- The lace affixed to the swing may be there to conceal what is happening below and behind.
- If this was a "half girl", like the famous Mademoiselle Gabrielle, then it is likely that there would be other photographs in circulation.