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The Society for the Study of Supernormal Pictures

The Society for the Study of Supernormal Pictures

Small psychical research organization established in 1918 in London, England, to promote the scientific study and investigation of supernormal pictures. Its members consisted largely of professional photographers. The first president was Abraham Wallace. He was assisted by first vice presidents W. G. Mitchell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and H. Blackwell.

After many hundreds of experiments, the society reported in May 1920:

"The members here present desire to place on record the fact that after many tests and the examination of thousands of pictures, they are unanimously of opinion that results have been obtained supernormally on sensitive photographic plates under reliable test conditions. At present the members do not undertake to explain how the results have been obtained, but they assert that they have undoubtedly been secured under conditions excluding the possibility of fraud."

The society's views were not found acceptable to other psychical researchers and it ceased operation in 1923.

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