60 Eerie Declassified UFO Photos From The '60s and '70s 

By Sarah Norman | May 4, 2023

The Solway Firth Spaceman

UFOs sightings happen fairly frequently (at least according to UFO sighting witnesses), but in the 1960s and '70s, alien crafts were spotted almost every week throughout America and the rest of the Western world. The rise of inexpensive photography equipment helped witnesses make a better case for their sightings, and often these photos were able to provide evidence that an eyewitness testimony just can’t offer. But in many cases of UFO encounters witnesses are either too awestruck to take action, or technology just doesn’t work. These are just a few of the most exciting stories of UFO sightings from the 20th century. 

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While this isn’t technically a UFO sighting, it’s still a super weird incident. In 1964, fireman and amateur photographer Jim Templeton took a series of photos of his five-year-old daughter while they spent the day at Burgh Marsh. 

He claims that there was no one else there with them, but the photos seem to tell a disturbingly different story. A figure wearing a white jumpsuit is clearly visible, standing behind his daughter. Templeton insists that he didn’t notice the entity until he received the photos, and despite various theories to what the creature could be, no one’s ever been able to debunk the Spaceman. 

A cigar-shaped Venusian interplanetary carrier photographed through a 6" telescope over Palomar Gardens, California

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In 1946, a meteor shower brought about a sighting that would spark decades of debate and speculation. George Adamski, accompanied by a group of friends, claimed to have witnessed a massive cigar-shaped "mother ship" at the Palomar Gardens campground on October 9th. In the following year, Adamski presented a photograph of the alleged "mother ship" crossing in front of the moon over Palomar Gardens. As the summer of 1947 ushered in the first widely-publicized UFO sightings in the United States, Adamski upped the ante with a bold assertion: that he had observed 184 UFOs in a single evening pass over Palomar Gardens. Two years later, in 1949, Adamski began delivering UFO lectures to civic groups and organizations in Southern California. These lectures were known for their outlandish claims, including Adamski's assertion that the government and science had confirmed the existence of UFOs via radar tracking of 700-foot-long spacecraft on the far side of the moon.