Trick photography in 1890s shows an Albion man pictured twice

Posted 31 March 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian

ALBION – Don’t be fooled by this image. It is a trick photograph of the same man.

George Ball is pointing a revolver at himself on the other side of the table.

This “shot” was taken in the late 1890s at the studio of Pollo R. Stillman, a photographer in Albion.

Noted the painted backdrop often seen in old time group photos. Stillman gets an A-plus for this clever manipulation of two images into one in his darkroom.