In July 1917, two young girls claimed to have taken photographs of real life fairies at the bottom of their garden. When the genius behind the Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, presented the pictures to the public as evidence of the existence of fairies, the tale of the two little girls in Cottingley was immortalised.
Like a pebble dropped into the middle of a pond, the Cottingley tale travelled across the globe and onto the lips of millions. Every few years, the story is resurrected and once again enchants a generation.
"When our fairies are admitted other psychic phenomena will find a more ready acceptance "
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"...as a medical man, I believe that the inculcation of such absurd ideas into the minds of children will result in later life in manifestations and nervous disorder and mental disturbances"
- Major John Hall-Edwards
Despite the confession in her twighlight years, Frances Griffiths added another twist to the story when she insisted that although the photos were faked, she really did see fairies and played with them at the Beck.
Indeed, even today, many people believe in fairies and refute the evidence held against the photos which were later admitted to have been fabricated by the girls themselves.
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