“The details are pretty thin on the ground and are really just a couple
of sentences. About half way through the last century (judging by the
clothes), the Cooper family moved into a new home somewhere in Texas.
They took a photograph to mark this occasion and this thing appeared in
the left of the frame upon development. Aaaaand that’s it. I’m told that
the original snap has been cropped, which explains why the family is
now not centred, as one would expect them to be. However, there is some
degree of vignetting, which points towards the photograph being
Another possibility is that a doll or something was being dangled in
front of the camera to make sure the boys looked into the lens, but
would anyone really let an object into the frame so much? Surely it’d be
just as easy to dangle the doll above the lens.
I’ve had a quick Google, with a variety of keywords, but more details
than the above evade me, so if anyone can squirrel more than I have been
able to out of the internet it would be very enlightening to read.
Furthermore, the farthest back it seems to appear online is April, 2012 –
although I can’t find the original source.
Whatever the truth behind this photograph, it sure is an intriguing