UFO Conjectures

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Mars Man!

Anthony Bragalia re-discovered this image at forgetomori.com the other day.

Click HERE for the link.

This is one of the iconic images from his youth, and mine (and maybe yours too).

The 1950 German effort was an April 1st joke apparently.

What struck Anthony (and me) is how marvelous the created imagery was, much before CGI or Photoshop.

(Those Germans have always been masters of media.)



  • Which is why I approach all UFO images, regardless of when recorded, with extreme skepticism. As an lay person, even I can think of ways to hoax a UFO image without the assistance of cutting edge software.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Friday, July 20, 2012  

  • Are you sure you, or AJB, are not confusing this photo with another one featured in THE ROSWELL INCIDENT? The two are similar but different.

    All right, both are obvious fakes, but we should not mix them up.

    By Blogger cda, at Saturday, July 21, 2012  

  • Christopher....

    I don't get the Roswell connection.

    This is a unique "photo" -- nothing to do with Roswell.

    I'll look at The Roswell Incident to see what you're referring to.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, July 21, 2012  

  • RRR- I think CDA is being facetious. But, I will say, as purrl points out, that any such ET or 'alien' photo cannot be wholly trusted.

    This is why when those of us researching Roswell find purported photo evidence (which has happened) that it must undergo extreme vetting and testing.

    But clearly, even photos from 1950 (as featured in this piece) could be believably hoaxed without benefit of Adobe, Photoshop, CGI and digital arts programs.


    By Blogger Anthony Bragalia, at Saturday, July 21, 2012  

  • I can assure AJB that I am not being facetious in this instance.

    If he looks at The Roswell Incident (Berlitz/Moore), photographic section there is indeed a very similar photo of an alleged alien 'being'. The caption says the photo first surfaced in Wiesbaden, Germany c.1950. There is some 'respiratory apparatus' attached to the alien's face to help with breathing. At least that is what the caption says.

    I believe a German ufologist named Klaus Webner investigated this photo and determined it was an April Fool's joke in April 1950. My point was that it is this photo, not the one AJB refers to, that was found to be an April Fools Day hoax.

    The one AJB refers to is similar but presumably has a different origin.

    There is nothing in the text of "The Roswell Incident" about the said photo, only the lengthy caption that accompanies it.

    By Blogger cda, at Saturday, July 21, 2012  

  • Thanks, Christopher....

    That is very interesting to me.

    This opens a new avenue for "investigation" or discussion, at least.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, July 21, 2012  

  • Hello Christopher and Friends,

    The two pictures are in Isaac Koy's excellent web site page below,
    the first one is AJB's one (01) and the fourth (04) is the one Christopher is pointing, I assume: http://www.isaackoi.com/alien-photos.html
    All the Best,

    Gilles Fernandez

    By Blogger Gilles Fernandez, at Sunday, July 22, 2012  

  • Merci, Gilles...

    Isaac Koi is a superb, accurate UFO collector (aka researcher).

    The photos, including the one referenced by CDA, intrigue, but I don't see a correlation between Roswell and The Mars Man (or Silverman).


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, July 22, 2012  

  • One should also mention the incredible work that Kentaro Mori did at his site, locating the original magazine at great cost.

    No idea what Bragalia had to do with this.


    By Blogger Lance, at Sunday, July 22, 2012  

  • Lance:

    Anthony Bragalia found Kentaro's item, which registered with him, and shared it with me.

    I chose to share it with others.

    Slamming Mr. Bragalia for his gesture is a sour thing to do and, while not beneath contempt, is in poor taste as I see it.

    Tony's find brought back, for me, the innocence of early UFO study.

    That's all.

    (You have really got to get over your bile when it comes to Tony Bragalia. It's not becoming.)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, July 22, 2012  

  • Lance-

    You are a mean-spirited person. I believe that RR mentioned that I -like he- had always been intrigued by the picture, that is all. It is remarkable in 'believability' -particularly for its time.

    RR mentions the Forgetemori site that discusses the picture and provides a link. That is all.


    By Blogger Anthony Bragalia, at Sunday, July 22, 2012  

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