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WallaceTillinghastOrville and Wilbur Wright had made headlines six years earlier at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with their “flying machine.”  However, from mid December of 1909 to late January 1910, newspapers across the country perpetrated, and later renounced, a farcical tale which came to be called The Great Airship Hoax.

This article has been removed from the web site but will be updated, complete with footnotes and sources and featured in an upcoming issue of Digging History Magazine.  History is full of all kinds of hoaxes, schemes and frauds and the upcoming issue will highlight many of them which occurred during the Victorian Era (“O, Victoria, You’ve Been Duped!”).  If you’re a genealogist, there are genealogical fraud instances which merit caution.  These were featured in an article entitled, “Don’t Be Duped: Genealogical Fraud”, and published in the February 2018 issue of Digging History Magazine.  The issue also includes a list of surnames which might be “suspect”.

I invite you to check out Digging History Magazine.  Since January 2018 new articles are published in a digital magazine (PDF) available by individual issue purchase or subscription (with three options).  Most issues run between 70-85 pages, filled with articles of interest to history-lovers and genealogists — it’s all history, right? 🙂  No ads, just carefully-researched stories, complete with footnotes and sources.

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