Old Lady or Yong Lady

A young lady or an old woman is a famous ambiguous optical illusion in which the brain switches between seeing an old woman and a young lady.

This optical illusion is also known as:

  • My wife and my mother-in-law
  • Young girl and old woman

William Ely Hill: My Wife And My Mother-in-law

William Ely Hill: My Wife And My Mother-in-law
Title: My wife and my mother-in-law
They are both in this picture–find them
Illustrator: William Ely Hill (1887-1962)
Published: Puck, American humor magazine
Issued on: November 6, 1915

The mother-in-law is looking towards the left, with her chin to her chest. And, the wife is looking away from the viewer. The nose of the mother-in-law forms the chin of the wife.

Edwin Boring: Young Girl And Mother-in-law

Edwin Boring: Young Girl And Mother-in-law
Illustrator: Edwin Boring (1886-1968)
Article: A New Ambiguous Figure
Journal: American Journal of Psychology
Year: 1930

It is also known as boring figure.

This picture is the most famous as it was popularized By Edwin Boring to the psychological circles in the 1930s.

Gerald Fisher: Mother, Father And Daughter

(A family version)

Gerald Fisher: Mother, Father And Daughter
Illustrator: Gerald Fisher
Article: Mother, Father, and Daughter:
A Three-aspect Ambiguous Figure.
Journal: American Journal of Psychology
Year: 1968

FATHER

  • Father is sharing the hat with mother and daughter.
  • Father’s eye is daughter’s ear.
  • Father’s nose is daughter and mother’s hair.
  • Father is looking towards the right.

MOTHER

  • Mother is sharing the hat with father and daughter.
  • Mother’s scarf is father’s mustache.
  • Mother is looking towards the left.

DAUGHTER

  • Daughter is sharing the hat with father and mother.
  • Daughter’s chin is mother’s nose.
  • Daughter is looking back on the left side.

Jack Botwinick: Husband And Father-in-law

(A male version)

Jack Botwinick: Husband And Father-in-law
Illustrator: Jack Botwinick (1923–2006)
Article: Husband and Father-in-law:
a Reversible Figure.
Journal: American Journal of Psychology
Year: 1961

The old man is looking to the right with his chin to his chest and a young man is looking away from you over right shoulder. The nose of the old man forms the chin of the young man.

Origin Of Young Girl And Old Woman Optical Illusion

Oldest young lady or old woman illusion
Year: 1888

The oldest known image depicting the young lady and old woman are believed to be from an anonymous German postcard that is dated 1888.

This image has been used excessively in advertisements during that era.

Here are trading cards that have used the young lady or old woman in advertisements…

Hidden Picture Puzzle You See My Wife But Where Is My Mother In Law
Picture Puzzle Find Two Heads
Picture Puzzle Find My Wife And My Mother In Law
Picture Puzzle My Girl And Her Mother Do You See Both
My Wife And My Mother-In-Law

Hidden Picture Puzzle: Young Or Old Woman?

In France, the image was used as hidden picture puzzle.

Hidden Picture Puzzle - Where is your grandmother
Where is her grandmother?
Young or old woman puzzle
It is for your viewing pleasure
We brought together the two ages
Both young and old
Find them in this face.

In Spain, the image was used as puzzle in postcards

Hidden Picture Puzzle - Find mother-in-law
Find mother-in-law
Hidden Picture Puzzle - Find grandmother
Find grandmother

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