May 3rd is Paranormal Day!

This photograph is of the Brown Lady taken in 1936 at Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England. Allegedly, Country Life magazine had already taken photographs of the staircase when a photographer’s assistant, Indre Shira, saw “a vapoury form gradually assuming the appearance of a woman” and a photograph was quickly taken.

The Brown Lady is reported to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole who died in 1726 at the age of 40. There are plenty of skeptics who believe the image is the result of either double exposure (created by a camera’s shutter opening multiple times on the same film creating two or more images on top of one another) or grease smudged on the lens. Regardless of whether the photograph is a hoax or not, The Brown Lady is one of the more famous ghost photographs.

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