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Elsie with a Gnome

Elsie with a Gnome
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This photograph was taken by Frances in September 1917 with the 'Midg' camera. Distance 8ft. Time 1/50th sec. The original negative has been tested, enlarged and analysed in the same exhaustive mannner as the first, and declared to be a perfectly straight, single exposure photograph, rather badly under exposed. The gnome is described as wearing black tights, a reddish jersey and a pointed bright red cap. The wings were more moth-like than the fairies and of a soft neutral tint. Elsie explained that what seemed to be markings on his wings are simply his pipes, which he was swinging in his left hand. Fairies - The Cottingley Photographs and their sequel by Edward Gardner.

Elsie with a Gnome (coloured by Elsie)
Photograph courtesy J Mawson
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Elsie's interest in photography was really to make pictures for colouring. In 1921 she coloured the famous five photographs for Edward Gardner. This is one example of them.

New Book: Reflections on the Cottingley Fairies by Frances Griffiths in her own words with additional material by her daughter Christine

Other Cottingley Fairies photographs

Frances with the fairies | Elsie with a Gnome | Fairy offering a Harebell to Elsie | Fairy Sunbath