The Cumbrian Spaceman Photograph is an enduring mystery due to the fact
that the gentleman who took the odd picture, was also visited by the so-called
'Men In Black'
In 1964, the idea of many owning cars was very-much a luxury. Many families
did not own a telephone, televisions were black-and-white and for the most part, the
working and middle classes of England believed the BBC and what the Government
The Cold-War was underway, although the activities involving spies and clandestine
plots would never touch most folk in the British Isles. I'd wager it was seen as something
that happened in London, a wind-swept Marsh of Cumbria was a world-away.
Most villages -like Burgh By The Sands were quiet places where very little happened.
Visitors were far-and-few between and the days went by at a slower pace than today.
This must be understood before getting into the 'nuts-and-bolts' of what occurred.
Here on the internet, many sites quote Mr. Jim Templeton as a Firefighter... that was not
a word frequented in 1964.
Here is a link that may assist on how the gentleman conducted himself.
Mr. Templeton -who enjoyed photography, always insisted he didn't see anyone in the area
when he took the quaint picture of his daughter holding the posy, although he did mention
that some old ladies were sitting in a car at the far-end of the marsh.
He took three photographs and supposedly, the 'Spaceman' image was his second photo.
So is the 'growth' from Elizabeth's head one of the females that left the car and wandered
behind the little girl?
Didn't Jim Templeton notice the intruder walking past and decide to take another picture of
So he sent off the picture to The Daily Mail and told his story... remember, this 1964 and
tales of the killer-of-the-killer of a young assassinated President in America being involved
with the Mafia -were waffting over the Atlantic. Vietnam was rolling on and for many English
people, it seemed like a nasty-thing going on in another room.
Four Liverpudlian musicians were tackling the difficult market of the U.S and the pipe-smoking
Harold Wilson had just brought his Labour Party into Government.
But on that northern marsh, a little girl and a Spaceman got their picture took!
But it's these 'MIB's'... the two men from 'Her Majesty's Ministry'
They referred to each other as numbers, refused to show identification (which in those days
wasn't such a big-deal... wearing suits and acting efficient would usually suffice!)
The two strangers -through questions about the Marsh's birdlife and weather, seemed to want
Mr. Templeton to admit he may have been mistaken.
When he refused to be swayed by their questions, they got into their car and left him there!
Hardly a responsible act by accountable people... unless they weren't who they said they were.
And so the picture lives on, and so do the questions.