In 1917, when the first two photographs were taken, Elsie was 16 years old and Frances was 9. [20], Doyle used the later photographs in 1921 to illustrate a second article in The Strand, in which he described other accounts of fairy sightings. [13], Gardner and Doyle sought a second expert opinion from the photographic company Kodak. Copyright 2019 and Natalie Hajjar | All Rights Reserved |, A Dryad Explains the Best Way to Communicate, Real Fairies Radio Podcast, Episode #8: Angels/Pixies/Bird People/Your Questions, [28] But the cousins disagreed about the fifth and final photograph, which Doyle in his The Coming of the Fairies described in this way: Seated on the upper left hand edge with wing well displayed is an undraped fairy apparently considering whether it is time to get up. I always loved this story. The photographs previously belonged to the Reverend George Vale Owen.[45]. [20], Both Frances and Elsie claimed to have taken the fifth photograph. “My mother was glad the truth came out in the end,” Lynch said. [44], In 2019, a print of the first of the five photographs, sold for £1,050. Doyle, as a spir… To protect the girls’ anonymity, Frances and Elsie were called Alice and Iris respectively, and the Wright family was referred to as the “Carpenters”. Learn how your comment data is processed. The pictures came to the attention of writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who used them to illustrate an article on fairies he had been commissioned to write for the Christmas 1920 edition of The Strand Magazine. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),, “The Coming of the Fairies: An Alternative View of the Episode of the Cottingley Fairies”, “Cottingley Fairies Back in the Spotlight”, “Fake fairies photo print sells for £1,000”, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported, Safest Cookware Guide for Health You Need to Know, The Organizational Chaos of the French Revolution, England in Chaos during the Norman Invasion of 1066, Medicus: The Doctor in Ancient Greece and Rome, Chirurgia: Surgery in Ancient Greece and Rome, Wild Las Vegas Stories of Heists and High Rollers. [“Fairies, Phantoms, and Fantastic Photographs”. Atterbury estimated the value of the items at between £25,000 and £30,000. It makes no sense what they said: “the girls were not prepared (with cut-out images of fairies) prior to taking this photo so she looked around, saw some fairies making a sort of nest and sunbathing, aimed her camera and took the photo”. Sure, they are real. I saw three fairies in the woods and I have never seen them since. [20], Gardner made a final visit to Cottingley in August 1921. See the bottom of each page for copyright information. #2.was we had lost our dog,and I remembered that if you give fairies something they will do something back.So I put out some stuff your website said they liked.And put it out with a note saying that in return they could bring back our dog,then we left to go put up signs.When we returned I checked my offerings and they were all gone!!!! The prints, suspected to have been made in 1920 to sell at theosophical lectures, were expected to bring £700-£1000 each. Because Frances and Elsie insisted that the fairies would not show themselves if others were watching, Elsie’s mother was persuaded to visit her sister’s for tea, leaving the girls alone. As you will see in the  2009 video from The Antiques Roadshow below, Frances Griffiths admitted to the deception in the 1980s, along with her cousin Elsie Wright, but she always, to her dying day, said that the 5th photo was the real deal.