YUKON TERRITORY-While teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg claims the world has robbed her and her generation of their childhood, as she travels the world to push her agenda, an 1898 photo of a Thunberg doppelganger is showing what a true stolen childhood looks like.
Taken in 1898 in the Yukon Territory, Canada, by photographer Eric Hegg (1867-1948), the photo is entitled “Youths operating gold mins on Dominion, Klondyke, Y.T.” The photo depicts three children operating a rocker at a gold mine on Dominion Creek
The Klondike gold rush started in 1896 and if you’re a fan of the hit television show Gold Rush, you know gold mining, even by today’s standards is not an easy life.
The photo is a legitimate photo published by the University of Washington in a Hegg photographic archive. Hegg’s collection depicts life during the gold rush and life in the Yukon at the turn of the 20th century.
Conspiracy theorists on the internet are having fun with the image, claiming the 19th century Thunberg is a time traveler. Others feel the photo is just another photoshop job.
Interestingly enough, the Thunberg look-alike would have more of a platform to claim a stolen childhood than today’s Thunberg.