The Story of Alice & Iris

You may have heard of the young girls called Alice and Iris. Aged 16 and 9 respectively, these two cousins from Cottingley, England captured the imagination of the entire world in 1917. Alice and Iris were made famous for having been the only persons to ever capture photographic evidence of fairies.

Only their names were not really Alice and Iris. And no one is for certain if what they captured on film were really fairies.

Alice and Iris were the names given to the girls by the press as they covered this fantastical event. Their true names were Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths. The 1917 photographs were taken at the bottom of the garden, near the beck, as they played together one late summer day.