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The case of the Solway Spaceman

#1  Postby DougC » May 23, 2014 10:38 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-27391210
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On a bright summer's day in 1964, a Carlisle fireman took a photo of his daughter that created headlines around the world. Fifty years later are we any closer to solving the mystery of the "Solway Spaceman"?
"We went on a normal outing and picked our spot," Jim Templeton recalled in a BBC interview before his death in 2011.
"We sat down and I said, 'Now I'll get some photos of you with the new dress on', never expecting this to happen."
By "this" he meant worldwide media attention and decades of debate over the mysterious figure shown behind his daughter, Elizabeth.

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Re: The case of the Solway Spaceman

#2  Postby DarthHelmet86 » May 24, 2014 7:15 am

They pretty much give the solution at the bottom, it was his wife in a blue dress.
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Re: The case of the Solway Spaceman

#3  Postby Ironclad » May 24, 2014 7:54 am

Spaceman? It looks like someone facing the other way, scratching their arse. :scratch:
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Re: The case of the Solway Spaceman

#4  Postby campermon » May 24, 2014 8:15 am

It looks like a bloke in a white suit with white hair to me.

Jimmy Saville?

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Re: The case of the Solway Spaceman

#5  Postby Fallible » May 24, 2014 8:57 am

Ah yes, this old thing. It um...looks like a person to me. OMG a person!!!! I saw the father interviewed and he maintained that he saw no one else in the frame when he took the photo. Probably blinded by the dress. :coffee:
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Re: The case of the Solway Spaceman

#6  Postby DarthHelmet86 » May 24, 2014 9:10 am

That is also answered at the bottom of the article, a Dr in folklore points out that in that make of camera you could only see about 70% of the total shot in the viewfinder. It is possible he just never saw the person in the viewfinder, which could easily have been his wife in her blue dress that in another shot from the day can be shown to reflect a large amount of light and looks white where it does so.
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