The first mobiles in history date back to just 50 years. So… why are there people who were already using them a century ago?
We have found two other time travelers. Two women who seem to be talking on the mobile in two videos of 1928 Y 1938. How is it possible that cell phones existed almost 100 years ago? The most fanciful explanation is that they are time travelers. We are going to give you the scientific explanation.
These days two curious videos have reached the press where you can see two women talking on a mobile phone, almost a century ago.
The first mobile phone in history, the Motorola DynaTAC, went on sale in 1984. Although there was already a prototype 10 years earlier, in 1973, created by Martin Cooper of Bell Laboratories.
If cell phones are barely 50 years old… how is it possible that in this 1928 video one appears woman what seems to be talking on a portable phone?
It is a footage that belongs to the premiere of the mythical movie The Circus by Charles Chaplin, captured outside the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.
You can clearly see how the woman walks carrying a device that is placed in the ear, and at the same time is speaking. The anachronism was discovered by film expert George Clark, and was included on the DVD of the film. Are we facing an authentic time traveler, in the purest style of The Ministry of Time or Doctor Who?
If it’s a cell phone… who are you talking to? There were no mobile networks at that time.
The scientific explanation is that the woman wears a hearing aid, and she is talking loudly to the person walking in front of her. Hearing-impaired people tend to speak loudly. They have even identified the device as the Western Electric Model 34A ‘Audiphone’ Carbon Hearing Aid:
A fairly bulky device, the size of a mobile, and which, by the way, looks like an iPod…
This other video is even more intriguing. It was recorded in 1938, and shows a group of workers from an aluminum company called Massena. You can clearly see how a woman wears a device that she holds to her ear, while appearing to speak into it. Just as suspicious, when he sees the camera he hides it:
In the comments of the video people speculate with the aforementioned hearing aid, a sound player, a walkie-talkie, but none of that existed, or at least in such a small size, in 1938.
The most credible explanation, although it has not been proven, is offered by the granddaughter of the woman who sees the video. She assures that her grandmother is called Gertrude Jonesand still lives.
“In the video he was 17 years old. I asked him about this video and he remembers it quite clearly. He says that Dupont had a telephone communications section at the factory. They were experimenting with cordless phones. Gertrude and five other women were given these cordless phones to test for a week.“, he assures.
“Gertrude is talking to one of the scientists holding another cordless phone to her right as she walks past“.
The hobby of searching Travellers in time It’s just for fun, but it has allowed us to discover something that seems amazing: Almost 100 years ago, mobile phones were already being experimented with. What no one has yet been able to explain are the pictures of people talking on mobile phones, centuries ago.