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Mid October, 1954, Arras, Pas-de-Calais:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper Libre Artois, of Arras, published on page 1 for October 20, 1954, a photograph by one of their readers, "where a 'saucer' graciously moves, presenting a pleasant familiar look of a pressure cooker."

Reports:

[Ref. lar11:] "LIBRE ARTOIS" NEWSPAPER:

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And why not in the sky of Arras?

In these very Martian times dedicated to cigars, saucers and other flying machines, it was good for Arras to be distinguished in this matter. This was estimated by one of our readers who, cleverly, gave us this photo where a "saucer" graciously moves, showing a pleasant little family resemblance with a pressure cooker. A good montage (photographic and neck...)

Explanations:

Obviously, this is a "negative case", a case explained immediately, that did not need any particular investigation or research.

The only thing we do not know is whether the reader author of the photo-montage intended to deceive anyone or whether he himslef presented his photo from the start as just an amusement.

Keywords:

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

Arras, Pas-de-Calais, photograph, hoax, prank, pressure cooker, negative case

Sources:

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Document history:

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1.0 Patrick Gross March 19, 2020 First published.

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