After the girls took the first two photographs, in July and September 1917, they came to the attention of Edward Gardner, a prominent member of the Theosophical Society; Elsie’s mother, Polly, was herself involved in Theosophy. Spiritualist movements were on the rise due to the mass bereavements suffered in the First World War and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who had himself lost a son and a brother, would come to be the fairies’ most famous advocate. For all the forensic rigour of Sherlock Holmes, the author reacted against certain elements of late-Victorian science, which he feared ‘would have left the world hard and clean and bare, like a landscape in the moon’.
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