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#1 Hum

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 21:38

A video—supposedly shot in the 1930s—depicts a young woman carrying what looks like a cell phone. Is the clip evidence that the woman was a time traveler from the 21st century who forgot to leave her mobile at home?

Keep your DeLoreans in the garage, because the answer is probably no. According to the Daily Mail, the short clip, which, coincidentally, first surfaced a year ago around April Fools' Day, had made a compelling case for conspiracy theorists—until a commenter on YouTube made an even stronger argument.

Identified as "planetcheck," the commenter recently wrote that the woman in the video is actually the commenter's great grandmother, Gertrude Jones.

"She was 17 years old," planetcheck writes. "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."

Sounds logical, but other commenters aren't convinced. "I'm quite sure it wouldn't be that small, the device she is holding is the size of a modern cell phone, ones in the early 80s needed to be carried in a briefcase and later were huge bricks," a commenter wrote. Others echoed the sentiment and wondered why phones—even those produced many years later—were much larger than the one in the clip.

Planetcheck writes that anyone interested in why the phone never saw the light of day would have to ask Dupont: "Maybe they decided it was too far advanced for people and they abandoned the idea. The Romans invented concrete. But it was quickly forgotten and not invented for another thousand years later. Ideas are hatched, prototypes are made and sometimes like this phone they are forgotten until somebody discovers some long lost film of the world first wireless phone and marvels at it."

Planetcheck also gave an in-depth description of the phone, which Jones apparently got to keep. "It is light brown and made of Bakelite material. It is about 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. It has small buttons on the inside of the phone. The numbers are nearly worn out. They go from 0 to 9. It has the words Dupont Co. on the bottom of the phone. It weighs about a half a pound. The phone is sealed away in a glass box and has not been touched for many years. I have held the box though and am always amazed that this phone was around in 1938 making wireless calls."

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 00:58

The time travel theory is a lot more fun.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:03

convenient theory...

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:03



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:09

Classic, anyone who seen a 1930's 'portable radio' will know how stupid this sounds. Even military grade radio's were massive and required hefty batteries. :)

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:29

It wouldn't surprise me if mobile phone technology had been available since then, tested, revoked and re-released many years later in the form we remember as the brick for no other reason than to make money

Companies don't release their cutting edge technology to us, they release crap and then tiny upgrades over a long period of time to milk as much money from us as possible.

If you look back to every single gadget / device every made, out of the millions/billions invented, by the law of averages, at least a few would have to have been originally made in such a way that they would still be amazing by todays standards, but they weren't (so we're led to believe) they were all huge clunky clumbsy things with horrendous noise/heat/battery life/speed/ability that over the years got smaller/quieter/faster

I know as technology improves, so does the ability to make better things, but not everything in the entire world had to start life as a building sized monstrosity !

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:04

lol

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:23

'Allo 'Allo This is Nighthawk can you hear me ?

The device in question is an ear trumpet!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 03:28



those things they're holding are types of hearing aids that were out at the time.

http://en.wikipedia....of_hearing_aids the one in the OPs video was most likely the type in the top left of the second image.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 03:54

but not everything in the entire world had to start life as a building sized monstrosity !


It did back in the day because surface mount components and integrated circuits were not invented till around 1960. Now a days you can make your projects/prototypes small from the start because a lot of circuity is already packaged in to integrated circuits.

Look at a 555 timer, around 30 components go in to making it, before IC's it would have taken a lot more space to make.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 03:54

‘time travel’ footage not what it seems

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:05

Even if she was "holding a cell phone to her ears" she was probably hard pressed to find a cell tower :D

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 14:25

^ So it was just a walkie-talkie.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:28

Even if she was "holding a cell phone to her ears" she was probably hard pressed to find a cell tower :D


Maybe these are so advanced they communicate directly with another phone. :p

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:02

According to the Daily Mail,



Stopped reading there.



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