From: Fran Ridge
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011
Subject: 1952 Washington D.C. Capitol photo

From: Harold Daniel <>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:42:10 -0600
Subject: 1952 Washington D.C. Capitol photo

I'm trying to find out the source of the photo of UFOs over the Capitol in 1952, like the one shown here:

Is there an authentic photo that can be attributed to somebody, or is this just a reproduction that was done for a TV documentary? The photo on the page mentioned above is attributed to, but I haven't been able to find the photo at

Thanks for any information you can provide.

Harold Daniel


Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 04:13:40 -0800 (PST)
From: michael swords <>
Subject: Re: Fwd: 1952 Washington D.C. Capitol photo
To: francis ridge <>

Fran, i don't know the exact source [one of our national magazines like LOOK I think], but as you probably remember, the photo is garbage --- the complete photo shows ground street lights [I think it is] in the exact pattern of the so-called UFOs in the sky. An embarrassingly stupid camera reflections photo that persists to give us a bad name with any rational soul. Mike


Subject: Re: 1952 Washington D.C. Capitol photo
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:57:27 -0500 (EST)

This picture which shows the Capitol dome and lights at the left side is, I believe, just a fraction of
the total picture which shows the whole Capito building, parking lot lights in front of it and
numerous "UFO" lights in the sky at both the left and right sides of the dome. Coleman
Von Kevicsky (sp?), years ago, showed the "UFO" light images were actually lens "flares"....
reflections within the lens of the bright streetlights and parking lot lights in front of the ==========

More of the complete picture, but not all of it (as I recall) can be seen at

Note: there is no guarantee that this photo of the Capitol was actually taken during the summer of 1952.


Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:04:13 +0000 (GMT)
From: Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos <>
Subject: Re: Fwd: 1952 Washington D.C. Capitol photo
To: francis ridge <>

Dear Fran,
FOTOCAT's input follows, including two versions of the picture:
Event date: July 19, 1952
Location: Washington, D.C. (USA)
Date information: Non-event (actually dated 1965)
Event is filed as: Lens flares
Time: Between 23:40 and 06:00
Photographer: Unknown

Roderick B. Dyke. Flying Saucers (Ray Palmer), No 81, Summer 1973, cover. Colman VonKeviczky, Flying Saucers, No 91, Spring 1976, pp 14-37. Colman VonKeviczky, Official UFO, July 1976, pp 12-15 & 34-37; and Canadian UFO Report, Vol 2, No 8 (#16), 1973-1974, pp 11-16; and Vol 3, No 8 (#24), Summer 1976, pp 18-23. John Keel. Michael Hervey, UFOs. The American Scene, St Martins, 1976, cover and plate. Jenny Randles, UFOs and How to See them, Barnes & Noble, 1997, p. 122. Paris Flammonde, UFO Exist!, G.P. Putnam´s, 1976, plate. Milt Machlin and Timothy Beckley, UFO, Quick Fox, 1981, p 86. Billy Booth web site. Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos (Karl Veit files). Eric Maillot, Les Mysteres de L'Est, 4, 1998, pp 80-81. John Magor, Our UFO Visitors, Hancock, 1977, p 148. Amy Hebert, UFO Updates, May 24, 2002. Michael Hesemann, UFOs. Besucher aus dem Weltall, Könemann, 2001, p 364.
Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos