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November 21, 2019

Mythbuster: The Facts About Greta Thunberg’s Photo Twin

Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of University Libraries

One of the images within UW Libraries Special collections has garnered a lot of media attention lately regarding the resemblance of a young girl in a photograph from 1898 to 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg. Several creative theories abound from time travel to how Greta’s image may have been inserted into a historical…