Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 5th, 2010
What Bigfoot casts are in your personal 2010 collection?
One of the most popular, collectible Bigfoot casts is the impression of the seemingly most perfectly imprinted Sasquatch track in existence. It is easy to identify it, and it can be seen below, one of the copies of the footprints from the Patterson-Gimlin encounter of October 20, 1967.
Websites (e.g see here) selling casts, long ago, have made this one special Bigfoot cast available for purchase, and the most popular one sold.
Bob Titmus and Syl McCoy with Bigfoot casts. Photo by John Green.
Who made the first copy of this cast available for sale is perhaps unknown, although it appears certain that Bob Titmus sold the first copies of Bigfoot casts found around Bluff Creek in 1958 and 1959 (as I document in my Tom Slick books). What is known today is this specific 1967 filmsite track copy is certainly the most recognized Bigfoot cast in the world.
Of course, ten footprints were found in the original trackway left by the October 20, 1967 Bigfoot, and reportedly, all were cast.
Photos: Lyle Laverty, October 1967, Bluff Creek, California.
Nevertheless, only in recent years, have some of the other casts been copied and obtained by serious researchers. The most famous “second” cast, nowadays, appears to be what Jeff Meldrum calls the “mid-tarsal break” footprint cast.
Photos (above, below): International Cryptozoology Museum, 2010. Part of the 150 casts in the collection, archived at the museum, which are routinely placed in the changing exhibits. Donations appreciated from Jeff Meldrum and Bill Dranginis.
A third print cast from the Patterson-Gimlin filmsite series is also appearing in collections, as seen below the less common left foot “flat filmsite” cast.
Unfortunately, as has been realized in the past, the easily obtained P-G filmsite cast has turned into a liability sometimes. The cast has been used in hoaxes, as investigator Scott McNabb harshly learned in 1998. McNabb found this out when someone left a fake print for him to find during a Tennessee Bigfoot search trip.
The McNabb cast compared to the readily available P-G filmsite cast that has been sold online for over two decades.
It is recommended that serious Bigfoot researchers become very familiar with all casts (including the frequently sold Grays Harbor series) that are now coming into the retail trade, no matter where one might live or search.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.