Graveyard Shift These Victorian 'Spirit Photographs' Are Just As Eerie Today As They Were 100+ Years Ago  

Melissa Brinks
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The Victorian era saw the rise of spiritualism, the belief that spirits of the dead could and did communicate with the living. Combined with the new technology of photography, this belief led to a lasting tradition in paranormal studies - Victorian ghost pictures. Capturing ghosts on film was a passion of the era that extended into later times, giving birth to some of the best ghost pictures. Old Victorian ghost photos have the added creepiness of being indistinct, with stern expressions and eerie shapes that make them all the more frightening.

These scary Victorian ghost photos are some of the earliest attempts to capture spirits on film. Though they might be a little rough around the edges, they mark the beginning of popular interest in reseraching the paranormal and are an important part of history. With the era's obsession with death and demonic photos, it's no surprise that these real Victorian ghost pictures have stood the test of time. 

A Young Woman Looks Over An Elderly Couple


A Young Woman Looks Over An El... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list These Victorian 'Spirit Photographs' Are Just As Eerie Today As They Were 100+ Years Ago
Photo:  National Science and Media Museum/Flickr

A Spirit Returns To His Own Funeral


A Spirit Returns To His Own Fu... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list These Victorian 'Spirit Photographs' Are Just As Eerie Today As They Were 100+ Years Ago
Photo:  National Science and Media Museum/Flickr

This Man's Second Wife Returned To Haunt Him In This Photo


This Man's Second Wife Returne... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list These Victorian 'Spirit Photographs' Are Just As Eerie Today As They Were 100+ Years Ago
Photo:  National Science and Media Museum/Flickr

The Ghost Of Abraham Lincoln


The Ghost Of Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list These Victorian 'Spirit Photographs' Are Just As Eerie Today As They Were 100+ Years Ago
Photo:  William H Mumler/Wikimedia Commons