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October 2, 1954, Marquise, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 2-Oct-54-Marquise. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Voix du Nord, in the local issue of Boulogne for October 3, 1954, reported that there had been a big stir on October 2, 1954 at 9:15 a.m. in Marquise, avenue Ferber, section of the National Road Boulogne-Calais.

At a place called "Le Champ d'Asile" a flying saucer was seen.

But two courageous young girls quickly solved the mistake made by some "fertile imaginations": the fog had hidden the post which lifted the white disc of a recently installed billboard. The consoles lined with insulators of a phone line pylon, topping the disc, had completed the illusion.

Reports:

[Ref. vdn1:] NEWSPAPER "LA VOIX DU NORD":

Scan.

A MARQUISE

The flying
saucer was but...
an advertising
panel!

Big excitement, Saturday at 9:15 a.m., in Marquise, avenue Ferber, which is just a section of the National Road Boulogne-Calais.

One saw at the place called "Le Champ d'Asile"... a flying saucer. It was, in fact, an optical illusion.

The fog hid the post that lifted the white disc of a newly installed billboard. The consoles - furnished with insulators - of a pylon of the P.T.T. [phone] line, completed the illusion, by topping the disc.

Fortunately, two brave young girls soon discovered the mistake made by some wild imaginations.

Explanations:

Map.

Negative case, misinterpretation.

Keywords:

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Marquise, Pas-de-Calais, billboard, negative case, pylon

Sources:

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Document history:

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