Ghost photos from 1865 were even spookier in their original 3D

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These images of ghastly spirits spooking the wits out of people were created by the London Stereoscopic Company and sold as stereographic cards which, when viewed through a special viewer, became remarkably sharp and eye-popping three-dimensional images.

The ghostly figures were achieved using double exposures and other photographic trickery — an impressive level of technical mastery for the still-young medium of photography.

Check out the photos from 1856:

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circa 1865: A ghost floating slowly towards a dishevelled man hiding in a corner. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 169 (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1865: A man clinging to a tree in the face of an apparition in a forest. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 72 (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1865: The ghost of a woman appears to a girl at prayer by her bedside. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 183 (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1865: A terrified couple haunted by a 'ghostly' figure. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 171 (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
1865: A ghostly figure appears to a couple eating their dinner in a country cottage. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 225 (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1865: Ghostly figure of a woman appears to a couple at their dining table, the man looks horrified, his wife faints. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 167 (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1860: A ghostly figure visiting a man reading in his sitting room. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 42 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1865: A frightened man praying on his knees to an apparition. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 17 (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1865: An apparition causes havoc by menacing two people in their kitchen. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 13 (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1865: An apparition appearing to two country folk in their kitchen. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 10 (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1860: A spectral figure hovers over a sleeping baby in a crib. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 16 (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1865: A white caped figure wearing a haloween pumpkin mask taking two people by surprise in their kitchen. London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series - 598 (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
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Though these particular photos were created as mere sources of comical entertainment, just a few years later photographer William H. Mumler appeared, claiming the ability to capture actual ghosts on film.

The genre of spirit photography emerged, and (despite plenty of proven fraud) remained popular well into the 20th century, as the bereaved searched for ways to see and contact their lost loved ones.

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