Dr. Fong needs your help - Help Identify This Picture

Dr. Fong Says:
This picture kind of creeps me out.

I have a huge collection of weird images on my computer dating back many years. Whenever I see something strange I copy it into iPhoto. The only problem with this is that sometimes years later I come across an image and have no idea where it came from or what it is. This is true of the above image. Anyone know the story on this one?

I know that the
readers at Dr. Fong's House of Mysteries know more about most things than most people, so I thought I would pose the question to you, my dear readers.

Please post in the comments if you have any information about the above picture. At this point, I wouldn't even mind some wild speculation.

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Alogusz said...


Dr. Fong said...

Wow! You guys are really on the ball lately. Thanks Alogusz!

"Have found a reference to the "Mexican Mini-Man" in Alan Baker's Encyclopaedia of Alien Encounters (London: Virgin Publishing, 1999):

Another German Hoax, also produced in 1950, involved the supposed capture of a diminutive man from Mars, who is shown in the photograph between two trenchcoated "secret service agents". According to the story circulated at the time, the UFO pilot, whose craft had crashed near Mexico City, was sent to Germany for study (why he should have been sent to Germany was never made clear). The Danish Journal UFO-Nyt carefully examined the photograph, and concluded that it was fraudulent, drawing attention to the way in which the alien's tiny hand were held in the agents' closed fists, rather than their thumbs and fingers, as would have been expected. According to UFO-Nyt, the two men were actually holding a pram, which had been painted out of the photograph, to be replaced by the image of the small alien. (p. 188)

the saucer people said...

I remember reading about this particular "hoaxed" image in the sense it was produced in a German newspaper late forties/early fifties on April Ist! So while the image was an obvious composite, it was clear to the readers that it was an April Fools Day prank and not an attempt to pass it off as "real" in any sustained way.
Its always fascinating when an image is unhooked from its original context and becomes a floating signifier, free for anyone to recontextualise it for their own narrative or agenda.
I have seen this particular image on a number of websites over the years, presented as a "real" alien.
The irony of course is that any "real" image of a non-terrestrial entity will a priori be deemed a fake and likewise any UFO footage..infact it gets worse in the sense that the better the footage, the more likely it will be branded fake. The Billy Meier pictures are a classic example of this in the sense it is "known" they are fake but I can guarantee no one who says this has ever read the dense report by Wendelle Stevens on the photographic analysis carried out by a number of professional labs in the seventies who at least showed the images were of a large craft in situ.....of course none of this matters in the long run, if you "believe" then you will argue in favour of the actuality of a given UFO/Alien image and quote experts who also agree...and if you don't believe in the actuality of UFO's ad their occupants, no "evidence" will compel you to change your belief system. This is why showing any kind of "evidence" to a "UFO Sceptic" is as useful as showing a globe to a 12th Century Roman Catholic priest and telling him the world is round.....