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Fade works fine with my PC (Windows XP, Mozilla Firefox).
Looks quite convincing .
Also works with Chrome. In the postcard there is a boundary between two different bits of wall. There is a line in the other photo in precisely the same position!
Here's something to ponder: this image was taken in 1995.
While it's easy enough to make it look realisitic now, could it have been done then?
Note: the image really is on the negative. This was taken with a film camera rather then a digital unit.
So: is it a double exposure type spirit image? If so, the girl is scaled up with remarkable skill.
Summum Nec Metuam Diem Nec Optima
Seems pretty convincing to me.
In the interests of balance, it's also worth pointing out that this puts paid to the theory that it was a case of paradoloa caused by falling timber or similar.
In terms of explanations from a hoax point of view, a straightforward, if admittedly very skillful by the sounds of it, use of an existing always seemed the most likely to me.
Wayland's Smithy is one of the most impressive and atmospheric Neolithic burial chambers in Britain. Somehow this ancient grave became associated with Wayland, the Saxon god of metalworking, from whom it takes its name.
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