Is This the World’s First Cell Phone?

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Film from 1938 shows a woman talking on a wireless device… but it is not ‘time  travel’ family say to the disappointment of conspiracy theorists


The mystery of how a woman could have been  filmed while using a modern looking cell phone back in 1938 seems to have finally been solved.

Black and white footage of a young female  chatting into a wireless handset – said to have been filmed at a factory in the 30s – has attracted over 300,000 plays on YouTube.

Conspiracy theorists hailed the clip as proof  of time travel, citing it alongside other instances of old films that appear to  show imagery of modern technology existing years before it was  invented.

Back to the future? The woman is seen leaving Dupont with a mobile phone next to her ear. The technology wasn't demonstrated until 1973 and the first mobile wasn't commercially available until the 80s
 The woman is seen leaving Dupont  with a cell phone next to her ear. The technology wasn’t demonstrated until 1973  and the first cell wasn’t commercially available until the 80s


Ahead of her time: The woman is captured talking on the small modern looking device as she walks
The woman is captured talking on the small modern looking device as she walks


Explained? A YouTube commenter now claims they can explain the bizarre footage commenting the woman is their great-grandmother Gertrude Jones
A YouTube commenter now claims they can explain the bizarre  footage commenting the woman is their great-grandmother Gertrude Jones and they were testing wireless communication devices

But now a YouTube user has come forward to claim that the woman in the clip is their great grandmother.

The user says that the woman really is using  a cell – but it’s a prewar prototype developed by a communications factory in  Leominster, Massachusetts.

The brief clip of the woman, captioned ‘Time  traveler in 1938 film’ shows a young woman dressed in a stylish 30s dress  walking alongside a crowd of people who are also dressed in outfits from the  same period.

She seems to be chatting animatedly into a  device held to her ear, which she then lowers. As she brings her arm down it can  be seen as being the same size and shape as a modern cell phone.

The footage is claimed to have been shot at a  factory owned by US industrial giant Dupont.

Technologically advanced: The footage was shot more than 40 years before the first mobile phone - a DynaTAC 8000x, pictured, was commercially available
 The footage was shot more than  40 years before the first cell phone – a DynaTAC 8000x, pictured, was  commercially available
Mystery: The center of the mystery is Leominster, Massachusetts, were the woman was filmed leaving the Dupont building
 The center of the mystery is Leominster, Massachusetts, were the woman was filmed leaving the Dupont building

It was first posted online a year ago and was  widely reported on by various blogs around the web.

But in recent days a user called  ‘planetcheck’ has come forward, claiming to have solved the mystery.

Planetcheck said: ‘The lady you see is my  great grandmother Gertrude Jones.’

‘She was 17 years old. 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.’

So far there has been no independent verification of planetcheck’s post, but another YouTube user who says he knows  someone else who worked at the factory has vowed to make further  inquiries.

The 1938 clip is the second piece of footage  said to show a mobile phone seeming to exist before the devices were  invented.

In 2010, a clip from a 1928 Charlie Chaplin  movie surfaced, which also appears to show a woman using a mobile phone –  causing speculation that she was a time traveler.

Other examples said to prove time travel  include claims that archaeologists in China unearthed a small piece of metal  from an ancient tomb in Shangsi County – which was shaped like an exact replica  of modern Swiss watch, with the time frozen at 10:06.

Attribution: Daily Mail

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