The Earliest UFO Photographs


These UFOs could actually be of extraterrestrial origin, and some of the most interesting evidence comes in the form of old photos. Whether you believe in their “purity” or not, whether you believe that there are aliens among us – these are the earliest pictures taken of unidentified flying objects, free from the magic touch of Photoshop.

1 Mt. Washington, New Hampshire 1870

This is considered to be the oldest UFO photo ever taken. This photograph depicts a cloud formation over the summit of Mt. Washington in the Winter of 1870 – 1871. The image is part of an antique stereoview that happens to contain an unexplained cigar-shaped object. It is simultaneously the oldest and one of the best UFO sightings on record. It is impossible to be a plane, because there were no planes in the sky in 1870 and no digital manipulation. In 2002, this image was purchased on Ebay for $385.00 by Samuel M. Sherman, president of Independent-International Pictures Corp.

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire 1870

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2 Tsienstien, Hopen Province, China 1942

This World War Two era photo was discovered in an old Chinese scrapbook. It was taken by a sidewalk photographer, who snapped a picture of the strange object and then sold it. It shows a UFO in the sky above a Tsientsien Street and there appears to be at least one person pointing at it.

Tsienstien, Hopen Province, China 1942

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3 Farming UFO Photo, USA 1920s

The only thing known about this picture is that it was taken somewhere in the United States in the early 1920s. The hilly terrain indicates that it could be on either the west or east coast, and is less likely in the central flat part of the country. The object up and to the right of the horse-drawn transport looks like a flying object in the sky at a time when biplanes were rare and monoplanes didn’t quite exist yet.

Farming UFO Photo, USA 1920s

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4 Ward, Colorado, Sawmill, USA, April 1929

The man in the picture who died a few years later after the picture was taken, said there was a “terrible thunderous bellow” and then a large object rose up in the near distance and flew off. Seems a lot like extraterrestrial.

Ward, Colorado, Sawmill, USA, April 1929

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5 Vancouver City Hall UFO 1937

The story says that 21-year-old soldier, Leonard Lamoreux took this image in 1937 while visiting the brand new Vancouver City Hall.

This is the full description: “The two were suddenly astounded to see a ‘bright blue light’ drop straight down from the sky. It became larger as it did so and they were able to observe the source of the light as an object that Leonard described as ‘two saucers’ open ends facing each other, glowing bright blue. The object then moved ‘dead straight’ horizontally across the sky. When it just appeared to clear the flagpole on the roof of the City Hall it came to an almost dead stop and Leonard clicked the shutter on the camera. The object then shot straight back up into the sky. ‘They never seen anything fly so fast!’ This scared them to death and they ran from the scene. The object made no sound.” This photo has no negative in existence and the UFO could very well be a “watermark defect that appeared during the development of the print.

 Vancouver City Hall UFO 1937

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6 The Battle of Los Angeles 1942

This image shows searchlights and anti-craft shells converging on a UFO during what would later be called The Battle of Los Angeles. Though visually stunning, this image is almost certainly not evidence of extraterrestrials. Most analysts believe this was a combination of heightened tensions with the Japanese and a weather balloon.

The Battle of Los Angeles 1942

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7 Rosetta/Natal South Africa, July 1956

This photo is one of seven taken by meteorologist, Elizabeth Klarer just before a thunderstorm. Its authenticity has been confirmed in a notarized affidavit and she stood by her story until she died in 1994 at the age of 83. Elizabeth also claimed she was impregnated during a later encounter with a spaceship pilot.

Rosetta/Natal South Africa, July 1956

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8 Organ Cave, West Virginia, USA 1939

This photo was discovered in a family album by a man named Chris Miller in West Virginia. The full photo depicts the man’s grandfather and his brother, and something rather unidentified in the distant background. Whether it is a UFO or not, decide for yourself.

Organ Cave, West Virginia, USA 1939

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