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The Mammoth Potato Hoax of Loveland, Colorado, 1894—Joseph B. Swan was a proud potato farmer who claimed to have grown a potato that was 13 pounds and 8 ounces.  W.L. Thorndyke, editor of the Loveland Reportercame up with an idea to help Swan promote his potatoes at an 1894 street fair. They created this trick photograph of a huge potato.  This may have become the first viral fake photograph, though it was soon declared to be fraudulent. (via)

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    A bit of random history
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    aw this is adorable fake viral photos from the 19th century
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    My favorite article in my dinky, hometown newspaper was a photo of a sweet potato plant with the headline, “Local Farmer...
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    Haha! I’m from Loveland! My dad still lives there. That’s great. We made the first fake viral photo… and it was of a...