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Unusual Photographic Treasures at the Society Illuminated

Double exposures, spiritualism, and tricks of photography drawn from the Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives collection will be presented as part of Thursday Night at the Society next week (March 10).
Society Photograph Archives Supervisor Lory Morrow will present “Photographic Treasures in the Montana Historical Society’s Collection? at 6:30 p.m. at Montana’s Museum across from the Capitol.
“I will be presenting a slide show focusing on the unusual things in the collection that most people don’t know about,? Morrow said. “Everybody knows us for the Custer and Calamity Jane kinds of things. I will be showing another side of the collection.?
For instance, Morrow said one of the photos is of a spiritualist with several ghostly heads surrounding him. “Spiritualist photography was very popular at one time,? she said. “I also will be showing a photo of a levitation.?
Morrow said that many people think that manipulating photographs by such things as double exposures is a modern phenomenon. “Photos were altered in the past as well. I will be talking about some of the tricks of photographers,? she said.
The program is free and open to the public.

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