Last update: 11 December 2016

The Forteana Gallery displays objects, especially documents, related to fortean phenomena. The three sections are parapsychology (on spiritualism so far), cryptozoology (Loch ness monster, Mothman, the "Kubuyuruk") and ufology (UFO sightings, strange rains, alien monuments). This gallery is still in construction.

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Mid- to late 19th century

"The Supernatural" by Weatherly & Maskelyne (1891) from the Edwin A. Dearn (1892-1980) Collection of magical works and apparatus.

Ghost sightings, spirit photography, and their debunking

In psychology, anomalistic psychology is the study of human behaviour and experience connected with what is often called the paranormal, with the assumption that there is nothing paranormal involved (source: Wikipedia). To be continued.

Figures: Weatherly & Maskelyne, 1891 (presentation copy: L. Brough / E.A. Dearn)


The "Kubuyuruk"
"Discovered" by J. Welzl
Early 20th century

A unique sketch of one of the legendary "Kubuyuruk" Eskimo pygmies, or "Mars People", by Jan Welzl (c. 1911-1930's).

Before the days of flying saucers were the "Mars People"

The "Kubuyuruk" (pronounced juh-buh-YUR-uhk, originally "Koburujuk" in Welzl, 1933:330) is an extraterrestrial humanoid claimed by Czech explorer Jan Welzl (1868-1948) to have been discovered near the North Pole in the early twentieth century [1-2]. The discovery was supposedly made in 1911, during an expedition towards the North Pole. At 86° North, the members of the expedition found a small colony of little people living in small holes, dressed as Eskimos but of extraordinary facial appearance (terms "slating eyes" and "tapering heads" used in Welzl (1933:325-327)) [3-4]. Communication was limited to signs since they were unable to understand their language, which did not ressemble any Eskimo dialect. However Kubuyuruk seemed to be the name that they gave to themselves. According to Welzl, these strange individuals later on soon departed, apparently in some sort of vehicle which rose rapidly into the sky (Buddhue, 1970:25). We learn elsewhere that they would have arrived on a meteor from Mars (Millman, 2007:312). This story and the remaining existing documentation in the form of an old drawing are unique in many ways. This account of extraterrestrial humanoids visiting Earth was made well before the 1947 Roswell UFO incident or the 1968 "ancient astronaut" myth of Erich von Däniken. The Tricottet Collection sketch [1] explicitly refers to some "Mars People", "dead thousands years ago" and "discovered frozen in the ice". While Welzl does not imply an extraterrestrial origin in his 1933 book, the Welzl-Buddhue conversation about extraterrestrials and the Buddhue sketch [2] date back to c. 1930. It is likely that The Tricottet Collection sketch is from the same period.

Figures: [1] Drawing (J. Welzl) | [2] Article (Buddhue, 1970) | [3] Welzl, 1933 | [4] Photographs (J. Welzl)


H. Barlow's scrapbook on ufology and forteana, strange rains, out-of-place objects, UFO sightings, pigmy flints

UFO sightings
Mid- to late 20th century

1996 *U* UFO Database Mapping and Research Tool Package by ufologist Larry Hatch, including two 3.5" floppy discs, manuals, and two signed letters.

Description coming later

Figures: *U* UFO Database (Hatch, 1996)

Strange rains
Mid- to late 20th century

Drawing by H. Barlow in his scrapbook representing a strange rain: "1886, Oct. 1 to 1886, Oct. 21-22 Report of Fall of Water in one spot..." (p. 31).

Fortean phenomena between sky and underground, including strange rains

Description coming later

Figures: Letter on ice block fall (Krinov, 1970) | Various (Barlow's scrapbook, c. 1956)

Alien monuments
20th century

Viking Mars negative photograph showing the "Cydonian 'FACE' Area" and Lunar Orbiter positive photograph showing "UFO & Hangar, Steckling's 'Geometric Shapes'.

Monuments & other infrastructures on Mars & the Moon, textbook pareidolia

Description coming later

Figures: Marshall, 2013; 2015 (signed to the TC) | NASA photographs (Marshall)