|Never before publicly shown photo from a previously undiscovered archive of Madame d’Esperances
fully materialized Spirit-Form ‘Walter’…
|Spirit guide ‘Walter’ as photographed in Madame d’Esperances séances in Gothenburg, Sweden, wher she lived at that time…|
|Enlargement of ‘Walters’ face showing clearly an independant entity present in the séance room. The fleshy chin area, the natural mustache and the strong male nose clearly prove that.|
At that time Madame d’Esperance became europe-wide some kind of a celebrity medium out of different reasons. First there were the claims by many they had met their materialized loved ones in Madames séances and secondly the famous case of partial de-materialization of the medium during a séance in Helsinki where her legs became immaterial.
|Another unknown photo, even though slightly resembling one of the published. But then it is another perspective and a different lighting, showing ‘Yolande’, another guide of Madame d’Esperance.|
Madame d’Esperance, whose name was actually Elizabeth Puttock and who has worked as a medium in England under the pseudo Elizabeth Hope had given before séances as well in Scandinavia and Germany, before she moved to Sweden. There Aksakov, who learned to know her in Berlin, went to to set up his experimental séances which became widespread recognized through the seemingly – partial – rigid controls he wrote about in different contemporary periodical publications and the photos of which many – but not all – were published in the book ‘Shadow Land’…
|Another photo showing the medium and the phantom still in a building phase…|
|Photo with the marking Fig.IV shows the process beginning in the previous photo now in completion…|
Like many other mediums Madames mediumistic spirit manifestations were very much life-like and on other occasions they appeared more artistic like in the above photos. These different features are not unknown to the scholar of historical materializations. Einer Nielsen for example, the famous Danish Materialization medium also produced more artistic looking forms but also natural looking and acting fleshy Full Form Materializations like his famous Materialization of the Queen Astrid of Belgium, photographed and clearly looking like her in a Séance held in Copenhagen in the 1950ies when I remember the date correctly.
Elizabeth Sturrock had given hundreds of successful séances in Sweden after the ones Aksakov had photographed and died in Gothenburg in 1920…
|Madame d’Esperance photographed in her later life…|