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UFOs in the Daily Press:

THE MCMINNVILLE, OREGON, UFO PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL TRENT, 1950:

I have gathered a number of press articles which discuss this famous photographic case. These articles give precious indications, through news, opinions, review, interviews, about the way that newspapers, local or national or foreign, introduce the case or discuss it since more than half a century.

More information on the Mcminnville UFO photographs themselves is here.

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This article has been published in the daily newspaper News-Register, Mcminnville, Oregon, USA on June 8, 1950.

NEWS-REGISTER, JUNE 8, 1950:

No waterspot - no hallucinations. The camera of Paul Trent, route 3, McMinnville, captured the above photos of flying objects which might very well be the only pictures in existence of the highly controversial and oft-scoffed at flying saucers.

Taken nearly a month ago from the back yard of his farm home 11 miles southwest of McMinnville, Trent's pictures were unearthed when a Telephone Register reporter followed a tip given by Ralph and Frank Wortman, McMinnville's bankers. They'd seen the pictures and were willing to back Trent's reputation veracity.

Trent was reluctant to allow use of the pictures. "I'm afraid I'll get into trouble with the government," he worried.

The two photos were snapped May 11 with Trent's Kodak.

"It was getting along toward evening - about a quarter to eight," said Trent's wife, Evelyn. "We'd been out in the back yard. Both of us saw the object at the same time. The camera! Paul thought it was in the car but I was sure it was in the house. I was right - and the Kodak was loaded with film. Paul took the first picture (above left). The object was coming in toward us and seemed to be tipped up a little bit. It was very bright - almost silvery - and there was no noise or smoke."

Trent explained that he took the first picture, re-wound his film as fast as possible and then, as the object gathered speed and turned toward the northwest, he had to move rapidly to his right to get the second picture. Both were snapped within 30 seconds, he estimated.

Size? Speed? Distance? Neither Trent nor his wife would hazard a guess. "It was moving awfully fast is all I know," said Trent. Both photos clearly indicate a super-structure and the photo at right resembles the "flying submarine" seen by an airlines pilot over the Cascade mountains nearly a year ago.

What are they? "Well, I think they're ours," said Trent.

The reporter said he hoped so.

    (Editor's Note: The Telephone Register does not profess itself expert in the field of flying saucers. However, in view of the variety of opinion and reports attendant to the saucers over the past two years, every effort has been made to check Trent's photos for authenticity. Expert photographers declared there has been no tampering with the negatives. Trent's original photos were developed through a local firm. After careful consideration, there appears to be no possibility of hoax or hallucination connected with the pictures. Therefore, the Telephone Register believes them authentic. What are they? The reader's guess is as good our ours.)


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