Bah it took me a while to get around to writing on this one. Hopefully I can be forgiven for my procrastination. Now then this was another topic suggested to me by Mr.Byers.
The Solway Spaceman, a.k.a. Cumberland Spaceman, is a photograph taken in the 1960’s by a Jim Templeton while trying to take pictures of his daughter. Now when I first looked at the picture I had one thought. “If this is real it’s the first instance of E.T. photo-bombing”, My brain spouted out.
Taking a look at the picture can anyone blame me? Seeing it, it looks like an average sunny day with a little girl clutching a fistful of freshly picked flowers, then some random man had to stop by and just be out of place in it. According to Mr.Templeton the strange figure in the image was not there during the period of time that the picture was taken. However He and his wife both reported that there seemed to be an aura in the air along with an electric charge. Aside from that though it was a perfectly normal day. The “spaceman” was only discovered in the picture after development. There being a stranger in the picture isn’t the only strange thing though.
Kodak, the folks that developed the images, sent the image to some of their experts to take a look. They couldn’t find anything to prove that the image was a fallacy. Throwing their hands up, Kodak offered a monetary reward to anyone that could provide an answer to the supposed mystery. Even the police were involved in the matter. The chief at the time merely calling it as one of those freak accidents that happen. It seemeed that someone didn’t think along the same lines. Some weeks later Mr.Templeton had visitors from the MIB, or at least was thought to be the MIB. Garbed in their usual attire and bizarre behavior, they drilled Mr.Templeton about the picture and the conditions of the day leading up to it. They also tried to get him to admit that he had faked the image in some manner. After being unsuccessful in getting him to admit 2+2=5 they dumped him off, leaving him to walk five miles to get back home.
Excusing the poor reference it does leave one to wonder about it. Why was that man only there in the developed picture? Why did the MIB seems to care and even worry about an image that didn’t really bother anyone else? Why does the spaceman have to be a man? Ok lame last question but the other two still stand.
To be honest I don’t really have too much to say on this. There is the possibility that it’s fake and he just had someone else stand behind his daughter, or it’s real and it was a dimensional visitor from across the planes of existance. It’s one of those old cases were it can’t really be said for certain. As the years pass by, so do the people that had been associated with it. While the rest of us move on to the future the Solway spaceman seems to be one of those that will be stuck in time as an oddity. Unless of course, said spaceman decides to pop up again.
Image: Jim Templeton