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The 1954 French flap:

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October 20, 1954, Grésigne, Tarn-et-Garonne:

Reference number for this case: 20-Oct-54-Grésigne. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

During the flying saucers flap of 1954 in France, the Parisian magazine Radar had announced in their issue for October 17, 1954, a reward of one million francs for an authentic photograph of a flying saucer.

In the October 24, 1954, issue, the magazine showed several photographs received from applicants to the million franc contest.

Among them was one by a Mr Couthure, who had photographed children toys resembling a spaceship and to its crew:

Mr. Couthure obviously did not win the million francs.

The photograph was long forgotten when in 2004, when a "skeptical" ufologist made it reappear in "La Gazette Fortéenne"; it was then included as a case of photographic hoax, in the ufology catalogue "The Year 1954 in Photographs" by Spanish ufologist Juan-Vicente Ballester-Olmos.

Reports:

[Ref. bo1] JUAN-VICENTE BALLESTER-OLMOS:

(74)

Date: 20 October 1954 (approximate date, a day from October 17th to 24th)

Time:

Location: Grésigne, Tarn-et-Garonne (France)

Format: Picture

Photographer: A Monsieur Couthure

Explanation: Fake

References: Radar, October 24, 1954, in Thierry Rocher, La Gazette Fortéenne, Volume 4, 2005, pages 66-67.

Remarks: In its issue of October 17th, 1954, Radar magazine had offered a one million francs prize for a genuine photograph of a UFO. This photo was submitted and several experts established it was done using simple children's toys that looked likke a spacecraft and its pilots.

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541020 20.10.1954 Gresigne France

Explanations:

Photographic hoax.

Weekly magazine "Radar", at the time of the 1954 French saucer flap, started a first contest offering a million old francs to whoever would deliver a Martian to them. The magazine then launched a similar contest to reward any authentic photograph of a flying saucer:

This, of course, had to result in a number of photographic hoaxes, documented in my catalogue; this being one of them.

The date of "October 20" is kept for convenience; as noted in [bo1], all that can be said is that the photograph was made between October 17 and 24, 1954.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Grésigne, Tarn-et-Garonne, photo, hoax, Radar, Couthure

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross October 10, 2016 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 6, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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