William H. Mumler is widely recognized as the first commercial spirit photographer. With studios located at 258 Washington Street in Boston and 630 Broadway in Manhattan, the businessman offered patrons an opportunity to obtain portraits with "departed spirits recognized as that of some relative or friend".
When visitors first arrived they were seated in a Chippendale chair and told to remain still until Mumler's wife Hannah, a clairvoyant medium, had summoned the spirits. Although it often took several attempts before a ghost image was developed, customers always left "fully satisfied that the pictures were what they claimed to be--real photographs of real spirits".
The above engravings from the Haunted Historian collection are a rare look inside Mumler's studio.
Kaplan, Louis. The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer. (2008)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - A panel of ghost tourism experts recently convened at the National Recreation & Park Association's Annual Conference. Richard Fink II, CEO & Founder of Haunted Historian, was joined by Mark Nesbitt (Founder, Ghosts of Gettysburg) and Tim Nealon (CEO & Founder, Ghost City Tours) to discuss how ghost stories engage people with public spaces.
Over 90 park and recreation professionals attended Boo! Ghosts as a Tool for Public Engagement . The session was held on September 26, 2017 at the New Orleans Convention Center. Audio from the discussion is included below:
Fink II, Richard, Mark Nesbitt and Tim Nealon. "Boo! Ghosts as a Tool for Public Engagement". National Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference. New Orleans. (September 26, 2017).