MICHAEL ZHANG, PETAPIXEL:
"Want to see a super early example of a photo being faked through compositing? Look no further than this circa 1902 photo, titled 'General Grant at City Point.' It appears to show General Ulysses S. Grant posing on a horse with a large number of soldiers in the background, but it’s actually the combination of three different photos."
Read more, and see the process of photo compositing, here.