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Mysteries revisited: the Solway Firth Spaceman

Posted on Monday, 5 October, 2020 | Comment icon 20 comments

Who or what is the figure standing behind the girl ? Image Credit: Jim Templeton
A photograph taken during a family day out in 1964 would go on to spawn a decades-long mystery.
It had been a family outing like any other - firefighter and photographer Jim Templeton had taken his five-year-old daughter along to Burgh Marsh overlooking the Solway Firth in Cumbria, England and had brought his camera along to take some pictures.

When the images were developed however, a strange 'spaceman'-type figure was visible behind his daughter's head in one of the shots, despite the fact that nobody of that description was present at the time the picture was taken.

According to Templeton, the only other people there that day had been two old women who were sitting in a car some distance away.

"I took three pictures of my daughter Elizabeth in a similar pose - and was shocked when the middle picture came back from Kodak displaying what looks like a spaceman in the background," he said.

Over the subsequent decades, the photograph, which became known as the 'Solway Firth Spaceman', would go on to appear in various newspapers, books and TV documentaries.
The image became synonymous with the notion that the 'spaceman' was an alien visitor that, for whatever reason, was invisible in person but which showed up in the photograph.

Templeton was even visited by two 'Men in Black', however he believed they were frauds.

So what did he manage to capture on camera that day ?

According to a contemporary analysis, the most likely explanation is that the figure is actually Templeton's wife who had appeared in other photographs taken that day. The white 'spacesuit' is actually an overexposure of her light blue dress and the 'visor' is her dark bobbed hair.

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Comment icon #11 Posted by seanjo on 5 October, 2020, 14:48
Comment icon #12 Posted by Mattacaster on 5 October, 2020, 17:09
To me, the way we see the spaceman's arm is it looks like we're seeing him from the back, with his right hand on his hip. It just looks like a weird angle for the arm to be at if we're looking at him from the front. Now that I look at it even more, I see the dark portion as the face looking to the right. The white part would be the helmet or white afro. He looks a lot like buck rogers. I've always thought that he looks like a bee keeper or a fencer swordsman. There is a very faint line just below the head area that makes it look like there is a hood flipped down resting on his back. Weird, but... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by zep73 on 5 October, 2020, 17:48
I think we need to ask ourselves: What is more likely? Is it the mother, overexposed and with her back to the camera, or did a spaceman drop by for a split-second, just to be photographed, and then disappear again? Anyone rooting for the latter, should have their heads examined.
Comment icon #14 Posted by HandsomeGorilla on 5 October, 2020, 19:45
I think if we played the "which sounds more logical to you?“ game here, we'd probably come away not only surprised, but also the feeling of having died a little inside. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by XenoFish on 5 October, 2020, 21:09
I wonder if it's her doll?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Skulduggery on 5 October, 2020, 21:45
Was solved way back, wasn't it?
Comment icon #17 Posted by rashore on 5 October, 2020, 23:00
Arguably, yes. But it's still fun to talk about all these years later.. there's always folks that don't know yet or still have alternative theories.  One of my favorite mystery solved moments was from someone I know that is a tailor, particularly a historical costumer and garment maker. And they like to solve garb puzzles from images. They knew I was spooky, and I would sometimes ask them "What do you think is in this pic" sorts of blind-box questions, especially if it could include clothing/garb clues. So it was a bit of a giveaway that they were looking for the garb in the pic rather than so... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by skliss on 5 October, 2020, 23:31
I think the only reason there is even a question...because you can clearly see the outline of the same sleeve from the picture with the portion of the mom on the "spa eman" because there is a cloud squarely behind the womans head giving the optical illusion of a space helmet. Look at the other clouds of similar size and shape in the photo.
Comment icon #19 Posted by LucidElement on 6 October, 2020, 2:43
Do we know where Annie Templeton went? Any info on her? I figure shed be riding this story all the way. Also, where are the other pictures ? The article said he took a few pictures and this was the only one with the spaceman.
Comment icon #20 Posted by ufoguy on 8 October, 2020, 11:07
might be an alien

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