Does the photo show a vehicle from another world? Was George Adamski in contact with beings not of this planet?
Shaking Hands with a Space Man
In December 1952, Polish born American Citizen George Adamski had a very close encounter of the alien kind. This was not the first of such encounters with the ‘Venusians’ (a race of beings indistinguishable from humans living on Venus), but it was the most famous of the contacts, due to the photograph he took of their ship. Soon after, Adamski wrote a book about his contacts with the Venusians, and on the day of release ‘The Argus’ (Melbourne) ran the following story: AUTHOR VOWS HE SHOOK HANDS WITH SPACE MAN London, Wednesday A book by an American who swears he met a flying saucer man from outer space is on the bookstalls today. Writer-philosopher George Adamskl says a space man stepped out of a saucer shaped scoutship fresh from Venus and gave him a mysterious message for the people of the earth. The space man was a friendly little fellow, he says. For an hour they “talked” by telepathy about the universe, and he touched the space man’s hand. The space man touched down in the Californian desert, and Adamski says he took seven snaps of the saucer. But the space man wouldn’t let himself be photographed. In a soft, musical voice he told Adamski he came from Venus, where they are disturbed about our atomic “booms.” Adamski’s account of this meeting and of another on December 13 – when his space man dropped a strange photograph and a symbolic message that experts have so far tried in vain to translate – takes up some 50 pages. Adamski says the Venusian revealed: “People like us live on other planets. They visit the earth. “They do not land in populated areas, because they fear violence. They believe in a creator.” Argus Service. Adamski had become well known as a ‘contactee’: someone who had been in contact with extraterrestrials, but his book and the world famous photograph, gained him notoriety and a bucket load of criticism.
The Scout Ship
Adamskis first experience took place in 1946, during a meteor shower. It was on one October evening that he and witnesses say they saw a cigar shaped ‘mothercraft’ pass in front of the moon. In 1950 Adamski took a photograph, showing six UFO’s flying in formation. This photograph has been utilised in several publications, including a 1978 stamp to commemorate the Year of UFO’s. It was in 1952 that Adamski had his closest encounter, when a scout ship landed, and a Venusian named ‘Orthon’ made direct contact via telepathic means. Orthon warned Adamski of the dangers of nuclear war, and several other doomsday predictions. Although Orthon would not allow his photo to be taken, Adamski was able to take the famous ‘Scout Ship’ photo when Orthon returned several weeks later. George Adamski wrote several books, became a very popular man, and was received by many very famous and important people, including Queen Julianna of the Netherlands and (according to Adamski) Pope John XXIII, where he received a Golden Medal of Honour for his services in acting as a medium between humanity and the extraterrestrials. He was also on business from the extraterrestrials, who had a cure for the Pope, who was suffering gastric enteritis. The Pope was dead three days later… some cure! Adamski went on several trips throughout the solar system with the Venusians, and greeted other races from our other local planetary bodies. This conglomerate of races and peoples he termed ‘Space Brothers’.
Critics Say Adamski is a Fraud!
Adamski had his critics, and the criticisms really started up once Adamski released the close up photo of the scout craft. The main criticism comes from how Adamski took the photo. He had used a Kodak Brownie box camera and a six inch telescope. Adamski described his process for taking the photo which involved a lot of precise, separate manipulations, all of which would have caused slight vibrations making a clear photo a very hard thing to capture. Then there is the object itself. Many claim to have recognised pieces of the craft as being rather mundane household and commercial business items.
These include lamp shades, ping pong balls, the top of an ice machine, a street light… the list goes on. One of Adamskis colleagues also stated he had seen one of the models used to fake the photographs. However, there were many experts in the field of photography who at the time said that if the image was faked it is the best fake they had ever seen. Adamski died of heart attack in Maryland in 1965 at the age of 74.
Regardless of whether he was a fraud or not, he is still remembered as the most famous contactee of the 1950’s.