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Is Greta Thunberg in a 120-year-old photo ?

By T.K. Randall
November 18, 2019 · Comment icon 52 comments

Thunberg has become a divisive public figure. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Anders Hellberg
A girl who happens to look uncannily like the young activist has been spotted in an old archive photograph.
The 16-year-old Swede has been making headlines across the world over the past few months due to her many notable public appearances and her tireless efforts to raise awareness for climate change.

This week however she has become the subject of an altogether different media story - one concerning an old photograph found in an archive at the University of Washington.

The image, which dates back to the 1890s, shows three children at a gold mine at Dominion Creek, Yukon Territory. This wouldn't seem like anything particularly notable if it wasn't for the fact that one of them just happens to bear a striking resemblance to Thunberg.
Since emerging online, the image has generated quite a lot of attention with reactions ranging from cries of 'fake' to the rather unlikely suggestion that Thunberg is a time traveler.

At the end of the day however the photograph is most likely the real deal and the girl, who admittedly does look a lot like Thunberg, is exactly that - a girl who looks like Thunberg, not Thunberg herself.

You can view the photograph on the University of Washington Libraries website - here.

Source: YouTube | Comments (52)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #43 Posted by Hammerclaw 3 years ago
Poster child and a media creation. Look through old photos long enough and you'll find one that resembles pretty much anyone. 
Comment icon #44 Posted by and then 3 years ago
Maybe.  Or maybe they'll look back and marvel at the stupidity of those who hyperventilated over natural climatological rhythms.  Who can tell? 
Comment icon #45 Posted by Hankenhunter 3 years ago
Comment icon #46 Posted by Manwon Lender 3 years ago
It also doesn't resemble Downs Sydndrom
Comment icon #47 Posted by QuickQuickSlow 3 years ago
Harsh (but true)
Comment icon #48 Posted by sci-nerd 3 years ago
Opinion are opinion and not always facts. I stand by my opinion, and you are entitled to yours. It's as simple as that.
Comment icon #49 Posted by The Eternal Flame 3 years ago
On coast to coast am i eard about a story about an artist who add the same name and face of a old news in old newspaper...
Comment icon #50 Posted by Big Jim 3 years ago
It's not her.  In my family we had a picture of a great aunt at about age 7 who looked exactly like my niece at the same age.  There were about 70 years between the two.  They weren't the same people either. Who could have suspected that the little girl who got people discussing climate change would have them discussing time travel as well?  
Comment icon #51 Posted by Scholar4Truth 3 years ago
Perhaps an ancestor of her's from the past.  
Comment icon #52 Posted by Hankenhunter 3 years ago
Guess who just won Time's "Person of the Year" award.

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