“When a new baby laughs for the first time a new fairy is born, and as there are always new babies there are always new fairies.” Wendy from Peter Pan
On a walk through a meadow, with bugs buzzing in your ears and the sun setting through the trees, have you ever caught a glimpse of a face peering out from the leaves? Have you ever felt dozens of eyes upon your back, only to turn and find no one there?
Or maybe just no one you could see.
That is the allure of the fairy. It has inspired people all over the world and for many generations to tell stories of nature sprites and tiny winged creatures.
And on one hot summer day, it inspired two adolescent girls to make some mischief. Unfortunately for them, the need to believe in fairies was so strong that their mischief was taken as truth. A controversy that lasted decades was born.
In 1917, two cousins, Elsie Wright (16) and Frances Griffith (10), were in trouble for playing in the stream in their back yard. In wet and muddy dresses, the girls replied that they only went to the stream to play with the fairies. To prove it, Elsie borrowed her father’s camera and the next day they caught their new winged friends on film. Elsie’s father dismissed it as a prank, but her mother was amazed.Details