Fairy Investigation Society
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The Fairy Investigation Society was founded in Britain in 1927 by Capt. Sir Quentin C.A. Craufurd, MBE to collect information on fairy sightings. In 1983 a headquarters was founded in Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland.
During its prime the society organized meetings, lectures, and discussions for collecting evidence of fairy life. With the outbreak of World War II, however, members were dispersed and the society's records were largely lost or destroyed during the conflict. The society then became inactive for a while.
In 1955 with a new and energetic secretary, the society was revived and began to issue a regular newsletter listing reports from members or other individuals. The society also sent out brochures to recruit new members.
During the late 1950s there were at least fifty members, including famous people such as author Alasdair Alpin MacGregor, Ithell Colquhoun, Leslie Alan Shepard, RAF commander Sir Hugh Dowding, Walter Starkie (of gypsy lore fame), and animator Walt Disney.
As the society grew and became more well-known, newspaper articles ridiculing the sightings and study of fairies appeared, claiming that fairies were only a superstition of past centuries, and the society once again became inactive.
As late as 1990 a society of the same name is rumored to be active.
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