The young lady or an old woman is a famous ambiguous optical illusion in which the brain switches between seeing a young girl and an old woman.
This optical illusion is also known as:
- My girl and her mother
- My wife and my mother-in-law
- Wife and mother in law
- Young girl and old woman
- Young lady or old lady
My wife or my mother-in-law optical illusion:
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 was inspired by the image titled “My wife and my mother-in-law. They are both in this picture–find them” by British Cartoonist William Hill that appeared in Puck magazine in the year 1915.
The image has been revised by various artists. Here are two such revised images:
Origin of young girl or old woman optical illusion:
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.
Hidden Picture Puzzle: young or old woman?
In France, the image was used as hidden picture puzzle…
In Spain, the image was used as puzzle in postcards…
Variations of young or old woman optical illusion:
A family version:
- Father is sharing the hat with mother and daughter.
- Father’s eye is daughter’s ear.
- Father’s nose is daughter and mothers hair.
- Father is looking towards the right.
- Mother is sharing the hat with father and daughter.
- Mother’s scarf is father’s mustache.
- Mother is looking towards the left.
- Daughter is sharing the hat with father and mother.
- Daughter’s chin is mother’s nose.
- Daughter is looking back on the left side.
A male version:
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.