Probably the most famous and most authentic of all ghost pictures, the Brown Lady would be Lady Dorothy Townsend, living in Norfolk, England in the early 1700’s. It was taken in 1936, during a photo shoot for Country Life Magazine at Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England by Captain Provand and Indre Shira. The photographer saw her coming down the stairs, and began yelling to Shira, who could not see anything, and thought he was delusional. She is known as The Brown Lady due to reports of the spirit being seen wearing a brown brocade dress.
BACHELOR GROVE WOMAN
This photo was taken during an investigation of Bachelor’s Grove cemetery near Chicago by the Ghost Research Society (GRS), on august 10, 1991, using black and white photos with a high-speed infrared camera in an area where the group had experienced some anomalies with their ghost-hunting equipment. When developed, this image emerged: a young woman dressed in white sitting on a tombstone. She was not visible to anyone who was present and in fact, the image appeared in a much larger, almost panoramic view of the cemetery. The portion of the photo where the woman appears was enlarged when investigators noticed there was something out of the ordinary about it. The photograph appeared in both the Chicago Sun-Times and the National Examiner.
SEFTON CHURCH GHOST
This photograph was taken inside the Sefton Church in September, 1999, in Merseyside, England. There was only one other photographer in the church beside the person who took this picture. Neither of them recalled seeing the ghost or any flesh-and-blood person standing there who could account for this image.
TULIP STAIRCASE GHOST
This picture was taken by Ralph Hardy, in 1966, a Canadian tourist who intended to photograph the “Tulip Staircase” in the Queen’s House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Upon development, however, the photo revealed the ghostly figure climbing the stairs, holding the railing with both hands. Many experts, including some from Kodak, could not find any evidence of tampering. Other figures have been seen on occasion in the vicinity of the staircase, and unexplained footsteps have also been heard.
In 1959, Mrs. Mabel Chinnery was visiting the grave of her mother in a British churchyard and took a photo of her husband, who was waiting alone in the car. When the film was developed, Mrs. Chinnery recognized the image of her mother in the backseat – the woman whose grave they had visited on that day. A photo expert examined it for a British newspaper and declared the photo to be authentic.