Well before the advent of modern technologies and photo retouching techniques, image manipulation was still very much in vogue, especially to get surprising effects or to deceive the observer. The photo editing could be set already at the time of the shot, or rather of the shots, as in the case of the double exposure, which allowed to portray two subjects also distant in space and time by superimposing two images on the same plate. In this way it was possible to unite unlikely couples, to “resurrect” the dead or to create fake ghost photographs. The use of photo retouching to obtain macabre effects was in use especially in the Victorian age, a period in which spiritism became very fashionable. Other popular techniques were collage and posthumous coloring: through collage it was possible to create so-called witty photographs, with huge insects colonizing houses and cities or giant fish to promote beach resorts. With the posthumous coloring, instead, the photographs could be colored in black and white, to create an effect of greater realism. The skill of photographers and artists was central, since all modern means were lacking for a quick and effective retouching like today’s. For a single photo it could take entire days of work to get the desired result!