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1916, Sky Apparition
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Uploader comment: According to the statement that was included with this photo, this was found in a chest, in the attic. It was taken by a family member of his apparently in 1916.


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Comment icon #87 Posted by diesel1 on 7 April, 2016, 11:53
Who is this person claiming to be the grand daughter of the photographer? Can she prove anything for real?
Comment icon #86 Posted by dibecker on 13 April, 2013, 22:24
I have this postcard. On the back is a notarized statement from the person that took the photo. Very cool. Would be fun to have it looked at by a professional
Comment icon #85 Posted by JoeyLuisLeel on 28 September, 2012, 18:44
Arbitran is soooo right...its a cloud break. quit trying to be weird guys...making things out to be that r not
Comment icon #84 Posted by Arbitran on 4 September, 2012, 19:39
Has anyone suggested that this is just a cloud break?
Comment icon #83 Posted by Erudite Celt on 30 May, 2012, 3:11
The thing about cameras of that era is that you had to move each frame on manually and then also manually set the shutter. If you forget to do any of the aforementioned you get what you see hear: A DOUBLE EXPOSURE.
Comment icon #82 Posted by Damian Bâthory on 19 November, 2011, 6:11
Good pic....very interesting, even if i dont beleive religious images appears in the sky...or anywhere else....nice image anyway....
Comment icon #81 Posted by energysensitive on 3 April, 2011, 23:18
interesting photo
Comment icon #80 Posted by nessuna on 13 March, 2011, 22:53
It's odd looking, sure, but I think it's natural. It's like when you're looking up at the sky and seeing figures in white clouds. I've seen storms where there appear to be lower-hanging clouds which are white against the darker, thicker clouds. (I know when you're flying over them in a plane, you'll see that there aren't *any* black clouds when you're looking down at them.) But this particular one appears to be somewhat like the figure of a person. A little spooky, sure, but perfectly natural IMHO.
Comment icon #79 Posted by tattooguy on 23 August, 2010, 22:02
It doesn't really look real...
Comment icon #78 Posted by stefiebunni on 30 July, 2009, 17:53
as much as i'd love to beileve this is a ghost or something, I beileve it was just a cloud. I have seen clouds that look like animals,cats,dogs,people anything lol
Comment icon #77 Posted by empathic_clairvoyant on 14 July, 2009, 14:59
The center of the image's 'whiteness' doesn't really say much against the edges as another pointed out. People hold the edge of photos not the centers and when people touch they leave oils and dirt behind, yes even the cleanest of peeps. So for the edge of the photo to look dingy-er then the center is perfectly normal. EC
Comment icon #76 Posted by vukxfiles on 7 July, 2009, 22:09
It looks like an ancient photoshop
Comment icon #75 Posted by cookie222 on 14 June, 2009, 16:24
My eyes are bad and couldn't see very well at first, but click to make it bigger and I think thats is a pretty neat picture.
Comment icon #74 Posted by comingjudgment on 6 June, 2009, 10:56
I did a bit of research on "Greensburg Kansas" the city where that photo of the angel with a scroll was taken in 1912, linked above. Greensburg Kansas was hit by a level EF 5 tornado some months ago and the town was 95 percent DESTROYED. Also, if a meteor hits the Great Plains, it would undoubtedly dry up the underlying water table called "the Great Plains Aquafier" that is the source of water for all of the farming in the mid Western USA. In other words, the breadbasket of the USA is fed by the Great Plains Aquafier. Oh, the two things that are in a museum in...
Comment icon #73 Posted by comingjudgment on 6 June, 2009, 10:49
2008 (a brother in Christ): I'm crying on my sofa and feeling His comfort. I feel He says to me "I am going to give you a vision". I heard Him tell me to get off the sofa and stand up before Him. I did. Then I felt He said it was okay to lay back down on the sofa. What I see is a landscape of open plains where I see these huge, dangerous rocks falling down from the sky. I see this smaller rocks are part of a meteor shower from a huge meteor. I hear the Lord say "The Great Plains will be hit by a meteor" and that people will realize that it is My specific hand because...
Comment icon #72 Posted by ghostgirl26 on 7 March, 2009, 0:53
i think it just looks way to distinct and pseudo to be an apparition :(
Comment icon #71 Posted by empathic_clairvoyant on 28 February, 2009, 16:36
Appears to be a Monk holding one of the seals. EC
Comment icon #70 Posted by ythompson86 on 24 December, 2008, 20:12
Looks like a Victorian-era school teacher holding a tablet of some sort in her left hand and a stick or really big pencil in her right. Try making a negative image of the picture.
Comment icon #69 Posted by violetterose on 22 November, 2008, 7:23
no clue!
Comment icon #68 Posted by mekele on 21 November, 2008, 22:10
to me it looks like DEATH or the grim reaper if you want his face is shrouded and it looks aslough he is holding his large axe thingy XD
Comment icon #67 Posted by jackdoesntcare on 5 October, 2008, 17:07
Sorry, but I don't believe it
Comment icon #66 Posted by newbloodmoon on 7 September, 2008, 18:08
as an amatuer photographer (note the amatuer part) I thought it at first was just a trick of the light. I can see where people would think there is an image there and I remembered the Cottingly Fairy pictures. I don't know enough background on the picture through some minor research to give a definitive answer. I will still hold on to the "trick of light" answer.
Comment icon #65 Posted by -0- on 19 August, 2008, 8:20
looks authentic the place in the photo looks like its going to be hit with a harsh storm wonder if the apparation and the dark clouds have any connection......
Comment icon #64 Posted by wilkenator on 2 January, 2008, 17:10
Um, I didn't want to bother reading all the comments, some of which are plain idiotic, but i digress. Looks like a REAL Double exposure. Cameras back in the day did that frequently and easily. Did anyone ever consider the size of the supposed apparition? I mean its bigger than the house under it. That would mean at that distance the supposed appartion is godzilla sized. Use your brain people and just shouting fake doesn't give you credibility. Say why you think its fake and try to use your professional opinion...oh wait non of you are professional. Now i know why most of these posts ar...
Comment icon #63 Posted by pooh_piglet75 on 12 December, 2007, 0:44
that is so freaky
Comment icon #62 Posted by charlieslider on 9 September, 2007, 17:32
OMG That is so freaky. It's definetly real. It might have been a ghost. But it's giant. I mean, look at the house below it! It might be God. OMIGOSH, It's judgement day!!lol lol... Ok. It looks like a person holding 2 loaves of bread with a munch taken out of the one on the right.. Creepy Charlie
Comment icon #61 Posted by goldjulie on 5 December, 2006, 22:13
Finally found it! The back side of the postcard says "To whom this may concern that I - W. A. Sinklier, do hereby state and affirm that on Monday morning about 7 o'clock November 12th 1916 I did see and make a picture of an object in human shape standing upon or out of a dark cloud as it appeared over Greensburg, Kansas. Said object looked white like frost. It disappeared in a few minutes." signed W. A. Sinklier Subscribed and sworn to before me a Notary Public in and for said County of Prutt, State of Kansas, this 29th day of January 1917 (Seal) D. R. Scott Notary...
Comment icon #60 Posted by goldjulie on 14 September, 2006, 4:59
Jimbo, this was taken in Kansas. I don't think WWI reached Kansas. If the original poster would be so kind as to post a picture of the back, you could all read about it. I remember it has something to do with a lady having died in that town. But it's definitely Kansas and has nothing to do with any war.
Comment icon #59 Posted by jimbo68 on 9 September, 2006, 5:18
I cant believe nobody has any idea about this image here. This is a very famous picture and it is known as the Angel of Mons. It was taking or supposed to have been anyway and witnessed by thousands of troops during said battle.This was of course during the great war. I myself think it was a propaganda exercise,but there you go.
Comment icon #58 Posted by grubby on 26 August, 2006, 10:07
People seem to think that just because photos are old it lends them credibility. This is a double exposure from the heyday of spiritualism. Probably some unscrupulous mystic used it to fleece the gullible. An examination of contemporary photos or paintings would likely reveal the source of the robed figure. Look in Hans Holzers book "Ghosts" at some of the photos for some classic examples of this form of chicanery.
Comment icon #57 Posted by easily drained girl on 19 August, 2006, 14:43
damn creepy...
Comment icon #56 Posted by mystic-wolf on 10 July, 2006, 9:27
I agree with Mtswf4lf....It looks to be a monk holding parchment or stones? I don't see this as a woman/nun holding a baby. If it is must have been amazing to see it.
Comment icon #55 Posted by underyourbed on 7 July, 2006, 1:00
It either looks like an upside-down face, or a tilting boxer with its arms in fighting position.
Comment icon #54 Posted by artemisthehunter on 21 June, 2006, 2:09
Some of you really let your imaginations run away with you. That is NOT healthy. In my lifetime, I've seen UFOs, ETs, ghosts, orbs, and other little-understood things - with my own two waking eyes, with and without witnesses. This looks like nothing more than either light showing through the clouds or light reflecting off of the clouds. Sheesh.
Comment icon #53 Posted by mstonja on 15 June, 2006, 13:06
Looks like a horrible twister was going to come out of that sky. Like another poster stated, the scene looks like it came from the movie "The Wizard of Oz." The ugly, low hanging black cloud, the barn, the windmill. And there were that many power lines constructed in 1916??
Comment icon #52 Posted by c.a. on 22 May, 2006, 21:32
looks cloudy real ghosts shouldnt show up this way
Comment icon #51 Posted by mrdebunkr on 14 May, 2006, 8:44
Nothing special here. Sky Apparition? please.
Comment icon #50 Posted by maj0r on 19 April, 2006, 17:28
Looks real. Ghost appering in the sky I have seen one myself :(
Comment icon #49 Posted by najaesouljah on 24 March, 2006, 0:00
I dont think it's real
Comment icon #48 Posted by l'enqueteur on 10 March, 2006, 1:34
Maybe it's a reflection in the glass of a window. If it's supposed to be some sort of apparition appearing in the sky, it sur looks odd. It looks to me like an old woman or man holding two loaves of bread. This is why I think it's a reflection of someone in a window who is standing behind the photographer.
Comment icon #47 Posted by ohforthelovveof.............. on 27 February, 2006, 1:29
what am I looking at?!?! Yeah,yeah, I know it's an old pic, but what's it supposed to be?!? Actually... It looks like the mask of "the Phantom of the Opera".... Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Comment icon #46 Posted by cryptosporidium137 on 3 February, 2006, 0:49
Yeah, it does kind of look like a person
Comment icon #45 Posted by voodoodaddy on 26 January, 2006, 2:00
It looks like a lady in some kind of dress and head bonnet with something oblong in each hand. If this is nothing more than a cloud formation, it's a very unusual one. But then again, it's very out of place for an apparition of a woman in such clothing to appear in the sky like that.
Comment icon #44 Posted by mouse888 on 11 January, 2006, 4:10
i think it just been taken just after a hurricane and its look to me like a truck or cloth?
Comment icon #43 Posted by genevieve on 4 January, 2006, 0:09
Did anyone say baseball player holding 2 loaves of bread?
Comment icon #42 Posted by miscot36 on 28 December, 2005, 12:56
Plain old double exposure. Very popular hoax in the early days of photography. Most infamous: The "Fairies" (2 young girls double exposed and hoaxed.)Many Mediums used the same technique/
Comment icon #41 Posted by crazy_kangaroo on 22 December, 2005, 4:45
it looks like a nun that is holding a butcher knife in each hand......*wide eyed* freziky.....
Comment icon #40 Posted by after_life_solja on 7 September, 2005, 4:08
i can kind of see it looks like a woman leaning over in the air anyways it looks quite good dont know if its fake tho
Comment icon #39 Posted by deanwam on 16 July, 2005, 0:02
If something cannot be proven authentic...why oh why are so many people so quick to shout FAKE....ever consider that it is simply a natural illusion of the sun showing through on a cloudy day and the photographer thought it was cool? Damn....people are so incredibly skeptical and LOVE to yell FAKE at everything....
Comment icon #38 Posted by jonesy5 on 30 June, 2005, 16:24
Kinda looks like the Gregorian Monks with a hood over the head? Creepy!
Comment icon #37 Posted by whitewitch on 11 June, 2005, 20:44
It's only a cloud! Why dont you all look at the clouds, they always resemble interesting images! (Including so called UFO's!)Use your loaf!
Comment icon #36 Posted by goldjulie on 4 June, 2005, 4:56
Who has the original photo? Could they post what was written on the back? Thanks
Comment icon #35 Posted by leichenwagen on 23 May, 2005, 19:16
This reminds me of the the peanuts gang looking at the clouds. Linus says "I think I see a cloud that looks like the stoning of Saint Stephen. to which Charlie Brown says :" I was gonna say a horsey and a kitty" LOL I suppose if you spend time taking pics of cloud formations you'll get some interesting results as well as the ocean. Interesting though
Comment icon #34 Posted by goldswrth on 7 May, 2005, 9:31
I know that thepicture i not a fake because it was taken by my Grandfather. I remember seeng the origional negative more than 50 years ago. Grandpa would not have the means or the motive to fake the picture and he never claimed it to be anything but an illusion created by sun, clouds and wind.
Comment icon #33 Posted by daisy0277 on 4 May, 2005, 9:20
I want to believe that someone didn't go to all the trouble(and I do believe that in 1916 it would be a great amount of trouble) to fake a photo like this,..........
Comment icon #32 Posted by goldjulie on 18 April, 2005, 21:51
Do you know who has the original photo? The Sinklier is Willard Sinklier, my great-grandfather. My great-grandmother's maiden name was Blevins, so either he was using his wife's name or her brother's name. I don't know. I would really like to know who has the photograph. Thanks! Julie
Comment icon #31 Posted by gypsystar on 16 April, 2005, 22:43
Comment icon #30 Posted by spiritwolf on 16 April, 2005, 18:58
Comment icon #29 Posted by [-k-] on 22 March, 2005, 20:14
at the bottom of that apparation it seems its fading, but i think if that picture was taken today youd see that the sun has broken through and the old camera cant capture the suns ray in high enough detail... or it could be just before a lighting storm when clouds clash together just before the lighting storm
Comment icon #28 Posted by [-k-] on 22 March, 2005, 20:12
I think that its a thin layer of cloud that the sun is shining on... its just in an odd shape that our imagination interprets as something ... here in melbourne we see this kind of thing all the time, if you take a look on the right of the so called APPARITION theres also another light layer of cloud which is not AS light but could indicate that very easily
Comment icon #27 Posted by unholyimage on 14 March, 2005, 8:07
I also find it strikingly odd that the portion of the paper the ghost is on is even whiter than the section where their names are written...unless the apparation endowed that spot on the paper with some sort of "antiaging spirit power".
Comment icon #26 Posted by unholyimage on 14 March, 2005, 8:04
Kerkido makes a good point. The question is not if something like this could be faked in 1916, but if a purported photo taken in 1916 could be faked today... Is anyone here familiar with the type of photo paper used during this time period? What is the personal history of these two Sinklier and Blevins fellows?
Comment icon #25 Posted by robert29510 on 10 March, 2005, 2:12
looks real to me....
Comment icon #24 Posted by mtswf4lf on 2 March, 2005, 9:09
Could it be reading a parchment. (I hope I spelt that right.) I hope its real but I think it could be a double exposure.
Comment icon #23 Posted by painkiller on 28 February, 2005, 0:58
it has a monk or sometihng flying in a white dress holding something, i kno if i saw that i would be scared
Comment icon #22 Posted by ythompson86 on 19 February, 2005, 19:25
It's the old "Dutch" woman off my household cleanser. She chased the dirt straight to the sky.
Comment icon #21 Posted by spikester2488 on 19 February, 2005, 8:57
Could it possibly be a flash of lighting that appeared when they took the picture.
Comment icon #20 Posted by kerkido on 30 January, 2005, 13:54
If you tilt your head 45 degrees clockright, it's the image of a person in a robed cloak with two hands in darkness obviously holding something, it seems to be a rectangular object. Anyhow, this photo is super-fake. It's your classic 'No, it's too old to fake' type of cases. But smarten up
Comment icon #19 Posted by nyflyer11787 on 25 January, 2005, 12:19
Why does it have a copyright?
Comment icon #18 Posted by shinya_terachi on 24 January, 2005, 1:43
ChocolateFairy said what I was thinking, it looks like the freakin Wizard of Oz. It could be a hoax, but the fact that it is behind the line makes me wonder. Did they have such technology back then to actually project something into the air to make it seem as if it was like...floating? I'm not really could be a fake. Interesting, nonetheless.
Comment icon #17 Posted by hypodermic on 23 January, 2005, 23:29
if I saw that I would slowly start walking backwards.. :)
Comment icon #16 Posted by jesus_freak on 23 January, 2005, 3:09
i think that's easily fakable...
Comment icon #15 Posted by iseedeadppl on 18 January, 2005, 23:57
Looks abit fake because of the light in the sky around the ghost. The rest of the sky is very dark. And also another thing why is the ghost so large? Look at the size of the house ...wouldnt the ghost be much smaller??? I think its fake
Comment icon #14 Posted by chocolatefairy on 4 January, 2005, 10:33
Maybe real, however explainable. Perhaps the photograpger was ahead of their time and gave the creator of the Wizard of Oz his idea. I mean, come on. I just watched the movie last night and have the collectors edition box. And with the exception of the image in the cloud, it looks too much like Aunty Emm's Farm in Kansas.
Comment icon #13 Posted by substanced on 15 December, 2004, 17:23
I thought it was an old man with a candle and a loaf of french bread... either way, it's a double exposure.
Comment icon #12 Posted by redfeather on 30 November, 2004, 1:48
The picture looks like a nun, dressed in white, holding a small child in her hand. Redfeather
Comment icon #11 Posted by leeslaughtr on 17 November, 2004, 22:04
Josiah you know what's up and I agree 3,000% cased closed.What are you talking about Gargyrl.Nothing apparently
Comment icon #10 Posted by josiah on 15 November, 2004, 8:45
What I am talking about is the fact that the power - line, shown in the original B & W photo above, traverses the image by going "over" it in a three dimensional foreground ... not "behind" it, as if the photo had been superimposed. Unless the photo has been manipulated by some modern technology unbeknown to me, I say this is real and is one heck of a sky - apparation of a mid - 17th century woman.
Comment icon #9 Posted by gargyrl on 7 November, 2004, 2:52
What in the heck is Josiah talking about?
Comment icon #8 Posted by saragun on 3 November, 2004, 7:44
What's the apparition? It looks like a woman with a baby.,like when someone is laying on a sofa or bed with a baby on the top of the body.This photo looks real enough to me.I think is authentic and hard to fake.
Comment icon #7 Posted by josiah on 31 October, 2004, 6:07
Due to the 3-D reality of apparation in the foreground of existing power - lines, (one of which actually traverses image), I find it difficult to pronounce this a fake. If she is indeed a true apparation, then she is one of the most profound and beautiful images I have ever beheld and I thank the individual who captured the image in 1916, that I might view it in 2004.
Comment icon #6 Posted by da_mcvinster on 18 October, 2004, 22:57
its Harry Potter and the flying Ford Anglia!
Comment icon #5 Posted by ditzy_blonde420 on 6 October, 2004, 19:10
it looks like a flying car.
Comment icon #4 Posted by joayoung39 on 5 October, 2004, 19:41
Similar pictures were passed around after hurricane Hugo hit. They were found to be fake. We can only hope that it is real, though.
Comment icon #3 Posted by azraelschroeder on 15 September, 2004, 20:06
it looks pretty real to me, but there are several ways they could have done it...the picture could be of a veiw out a window, and the person could be a reflection in the window...or it could be a projector on the window...or maybe they could have found just the photo and used an eraser or something to fade it away and make it look like there's a ghost.
Comment icon #2 Posted by cynamyngirl on 5 September, 2004, 0:03
Yeah it's hard to tell if it is real.
Comment icon #1 Posted by cky-sk8r-girl on 28 August, 2004, 17:45
kinda strange real or not. i dunno
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