Possible Ghost In Broad Daylight
by Harvey Althaus
(South San Francisco, CA, USA)
In Broad Daylight. . . . What's that, a ghost?
My youngest daughter's 4th grade class went on a 3 day 2 night field trip to the James Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma, California where the gold rush started in 1849.
They learned many things about how people lived and survived in the gold country on a daily basis. It was more or less a total hands on history lesson and all the children who went had a great time.
The day before departure, my daughter took a picture of James Marshall's original house. The first picture was just of the front and this is a picture of her standing on the porch in front of the door. The camera used was one of the 35mm throw-aways. Her teacher took the picture for her. The teacher's finger blur can be seen in the top right of the photo, and my daughter is somewhat fuzzy but you can see everything.
The pictures were developed at Walgreens and I have the untouched negative. I have no idea what the white smoky looking image is in the window on the right, but it shows up on the negative looking like a person standing inside looking out.
The house is locked and no one can enter. You just pass by it on the historical walk. I had a person who knows about film developing check it out and he just scratched his head. He told me that in order to get a white-ish thing on a picture, most of the time it has to be scratched in and that is not this case, especially when it is on the negative and can be seen behind the window cross bars inside the building.
Anyone have any idea as to what this could be, I would appreciate the feedback.