old black and white photo of a group of women
Julie Hambleton
Julie Hambleton
September 9, 2021 ·  3 min read

There’s a Ghost Among These Women. Do You See It?

Do you believe in the paranormal? How about just plain-old ghosts? If I am being honest, I am not sure if I do, but pictures like this always have me wondering. This seems like a regular old photo from the 1900s – but is it? See if you can spot the so-called ghost in the picture.

Can You Spot The Ghost In This Photograph?

The following photo is a picture from the early 1900s in Belfast, Ireland. There are 15 women in the photo, all still in their uniforms for the linen mill where they worked. This is in the early days of photography when people were still getting accustomed to being in front of the camera. Some are smiling, while others have more of a straight face. There are even a few who have a bit of a blurred face, likely because they moved slightly just as the photo was being taken.

There’s one part of this photo, however, that some people who see it are finding a bit, well, odd to say the least. Many people on the internet are claiming that there is a ghost in this photo. Can you see it?

photo with a hidden ghost
Image via: WGNTV

I will admit, I had trouble finding the so-called ghost. Have a good look and see if you can spot it, then scroll down for the hint as to where it is.

Where Is The Ghost?

If you’re like me and couldn’t for the life of you find where this ghost is hiding, let me give you a bit of a hint. There are fifteen women in the photo. Of the 15, you can see the arms and hands of 13 of them. This is where you need to put your focus. Have a look at all the arms and hands of the women. Make sure you can match each pair of crossed arms and/or hands with someone.

Are you still confuse? Don’t worry – I was, too. Let’s zero in a little bit more. Instead of looking at the number of arms or hands you see, shift your focus to the shoulders of each woman. Pay close attention to what is and isn’t there on each of their shoulders.

Still unsure? Okay, here’s a more direct clue. Look at the woman in the row second from the bottom, furthest to the right. Do you see the hand sitting on her right shoulder (our left)? If you look closely, you’ll see that this hand belongs to… no one!

photo with a hidden ghost
Image via: WGNTV

Is It Really A Ghost, Though?

If you’re like me and you’re a bit of a ghost-skeptic, then you are probably chalking this one up to poor-quality 18th-century photography. After all, the quality back then, especially when everything was in black-and-white, was not great. It is very likely that simply someone moved or it is just a trick-of-the-light just as the photo was being taken.

If you are a believer in the paranormal, however, then you may fully well believe that the photographer did, in fact, capture at least a small part of a ghost in this photo. As always, whichever you believe, you are neither right nor wrong. We have no definitive proof either way, so you can pick whichever camp you want to be in without repercussion!

For my part, if ghosts do exist and that is a ghost in the photo, I certainly hope it was a friendly one for the sake of all of those ladies. I mean, it put its hand gently on the woman’s shoulder, so maybe this was a linen mill-ghost who helped the women out a bit with their daily tasks? I can’t imagine working in a linen mill was overly enjoyable or easy work. Perhaps this ghost lent them a helping hand once in a while.

What do you think? Ghost, or just a light-trick, camera error?

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