In a mesmerizing spectacle, a woman was captured mimicking the use of a cell phone in a 1930s film.
The clip has ignited speculation among internet denizens who are quick to entertain thoughts of time travel, though those less inclined to peruse esoteric forums remain skeptical.
The eerie footage, originating from 1938, unveils a lady donning attire from a bygone era, strolling through a crowd while appearing to engage in a conversation with a device held to her ear. View the video below:
The group appears to be departing a factory building in the aforementioned clip, which first surfaced online in 2013.
Attributed to Planetcheck, a YouTube channel, the video’s initial poster claimed the lady in question was their own relative, Gertrude Jones.
According to a decade-old entry from Planetcheck, as reported by Yahoo: “She was 17 years old [at the time of filming]. I asked her about this video, and she remembers it quite clearly.
“She says Dupont had a telephone communications section in the factory. They were experimenting with wireless telephones. Gertrude and five other women were given these wireless phones to test out for a week.
“Gertrude is talking to one of the scientists holding another wireless phone who is off to her right as she walks by.”
While these assertions were partially covered by certain prominent news outlets, complete validation remained elusive. Nevertheless, Planetcheck’s account offers a plausible explanation far removed from the realm of time travel.
In the realm of temporal speculation, we’d also like to draw your attention to a 1860 artwork by Ferdinand George Waldmüller, cited by some as proof of time travel due to the appearance of a young lady clutching what appears to be an iPhone.
The painting depicts a serene tableau—a young lady engrossed in what resembles a book, as a young man stands nearby, poised to offer her a flower.
Reacting to the artwork, former local Glasgow Government official Peter Russell shared with Vice that the modern analogy is striking, akin to a teenage girl immersed in social media on her smartphone.
Russell further mused on how technology’s evolution has significantly impacted the painting’s interpretation, effectively reshaping its entire context.
While it’s an enticing thread for conspiracy theorists, the allure of this narrative is hard to surpass.