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Time traveler using cell phone captured in 1928 video of Chaplin premiere?

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Time traveler using cell phone captured in 1928 video of Chaplin premiere?
There are stories that make the hair on the back of your neck stick straight up. Like the so-called ghost image of a kid who supposedly shot himself and can be viewed in some apartment scene in the movie "Three Men and a Baby". Of course, that was debunked when it was brought out that the scene was filmed on a sound stage and the image was nothing more than a cardboard cut out of Ted Danson that was made for a deleted scene from the flick.

What about the photo that allegedly shows Lee Harvey Oswald glancing at the Presidential motorcade from the doorway of the Texas School Book Deepository at roughly the same time he is said to be firing the fatal shots? That too, turned out to be false as the photo was of TSBD worker Billy Lovelady (who did, in fact, bare an uncanny resemblance to Oswald).
When something shows up that can not be explained, it changes our way of thinking until an answer is found. Take the video below which shows the crowd at the 1928 Grauman's Chinese Theater debut of Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus". It appears as though a lady in the crowd (or a man in drag) is using a cell phone as the device is put up to her ear. Now, we have all seen some amazing apps, but we don't think that a time traveling one has been developed at this moment. For what it's worth, in 1928 the Galvin Manufacturing Co. was founded. The name of that company today? Motorola.

source: ledger-enquirer

A non-cellphone forum was discussing the video clip of the "time traveler" and someone posted these pictures below of hearing aids used in the 1920's. They were placed up to the ear in order for the person to hear. Of course, it doesn't explain her talking into the slab-like object in her hand!

Time traveler using cell phone captured in 1928 video of Chaplin premiere?

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posted on 28 Oct 2010, 03:56

1. Clevernameorphrase (unregistered)

I can't for the life of me figure this out. U can plainly see the "person" talking. But Jo one is around to talk to. It really looks like their talking to the object in their hand. A cell phone? Impossibl since there were no towers or satellites. But if it's from the future then it may not need those. Then again they might have given This person a blutooth type of device that's more discreet. Idk and I take nothing at face value. But holy crap this is odd. Kinda creepy

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 04:17 1

2. woohoo (unregistered)

Could be the 2011 iPhone. Sent back in time so no one can find it before it's officially announced. Apparently without a success.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 05:29

3. oddmanout (Posts: 442; Member since: 22 May 2009)

I love the mere thought of possible time travel. I remember the first time I saw a touch screen phone and being so amazed. For the past few years its seemed like there haven't been many technological leaps that have been as satisfying/ground breaking but more so just innovation of what already exists... I think that's why I visit mobile tech sites like phone arena. To keep up with the latest technology and advancements. Hopefully our worlds brightest scientists will see this as a wake up call of what can one day be attainable. Bless the day when tech becomes so advanced that we come across time travel.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 06:06

4. Mihaly (unregistered)

It's not a time traveller. It's simply a cell phone. Have you ever heared about Nikola Tesla, serbian scientist born near Gospich(today in Croatia back then Austro-Hungarian Empire) that worked in the USA from 1884? Maybe he introduced the first cell-phone and gave to the women to make an experiment. It didn't worked out or for some other reason the prototype wasn't put into factory production until 1980s.

Another possibility is that it's isn't a device at all. It's some medicine or a black handschkrief that she had to hold on her ear. But she was talking! Well, people sometimes talk to themselvees or she was drunk, or she was talking to somebody in front or behind her, someone who was not captured by the camera.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 07:40

5. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)

Only thing I can think of is...maybe a prototype voice recorder? That is the only logical answer I have. I just doubt time travelling is within our reach where we still use a slab device to communicate.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 09:10

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

well Ive heard many odd stories about time traveling, like a rumor about a guy that came from the future to destroy a machine created in this era by the government that will put the earths future at risk but he was captured by the pentagon and is being held there >.>

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 10:17

10. Mindless (unregistered)

hey protozeloz =D.. what do you thing about this one :P

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 10:36

12. remyrz (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)

its me :D

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 20:24

39. drew73197 (unregistered)

well that was when cameras and movies and other technology came out

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 08:40

7. sammers (unregistered)

if she was a time travler, why go back to the 1920s? :/

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 09:38

8. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

it is held on the left when the other prson is on the right, so she isn't listening to the person she is with.... or... it is facing the camera crew for the "action" and "cut" calls..... that is, if it is a hearing aid that is.....

but if this person is using a hearing aid why are they talking over the hearing device with vigor?

I will stipulate on behalf of companies, like motorola, that just beacause a technology is released, doesn't mean they haven't been working on it for 50 years. prehistoric and egyptians have been trying to make trhings fly forever... if we saw one of them tossing a paper plane would we claim bombardier time traveled back in time?

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 10:06

9. nerf herder (unregistered)

Time traverler,no.visitor with a communicater to the mother ship,maybe.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 10:21

11. Slackr 2010 (unregistered)

This was shot in Hill Valley. Did you notice the reflection of the Delorean in the background? This lady kinda looks like it could be Doc Brown in disguise. Hmmm BTTF part 4???

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 10:50

13. Vihzel (unregistered)

She's not talking on a cellphone. Cell towers did not exist back then.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 13:04

14. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

the person is wearing more heavier clothes than everyone else.... looks like others are in late spring/early fall clothing... this person is in clothes more suited for Very early spring or late late fall.....

looks very well groomed and mannered, well looked after much like a michael cowpland kind of person..... i'm intruigued.

so, not only doing something odd, but clearly not fitting in in general.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 11:13

15. steve jobs (unregistered)

and she never made it back to the year 2015 because she was holding it wrong!

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 12:30

16. JJ (unregistered)

She's holding up a black shawl to block the sun. It's bringht out. The shadows around the hand and the black shawl make it difficult to tell that it's connected. Def not a cell phone.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 15:54

17. Moe Foe (unregistered)

I betcha that is Sarah Conner's grandma!! She destroyed the terminator sent back to kill her and stole it's communication device!! C'mon, seriously....If the person is a time traveler, they must posses technology way beyond what is currently available. If it "is" some sort of cell phone, don't you think it would be "w-a-a-a-y" smaller? And who would she be calling? Perhaps OnStar for directions to the nearest worm hole?

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 16:17

18. Linda (unregistered)

That woman is indeed a time traveler. She was calling customer service asking for help because she got stuck in 1928, but then she was cut off because she ran out of minutes.

posted on 30 Oct 2010, 11:06

42. Dropped Calls stink... (unregistered)

She got cut off because of her network. The agent was about to tell her to press * then # then 9247# and she would be back in her own time but all she heard was "...pound...yo...ss... O.K?"

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 18:14

19. john (unregistered)

very interesting, but not a cell phone. There were no cell Phone towers to support them. Maybe Satelite Phone would best support the theory of time travel or someone not from this earth caught during their visit.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 19:38

20. baldilocks (Posts: 743; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Exactly. Wouldn't work without a cell phone network. It would have to be someone communication radio to radio (walkie-talkie) OR satellite communication.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 19:06

21. SueQ (unregistered)

Well if this truly is a cell phone, and this is a he/she time traverler, who in the heck is she talking too?

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 19:09

22. SuzieQ (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)

If this he/she time traveler is tslking on a cell phone, who in the heck is he/she talking too?

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 19:10

23. SuzieQ (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)

If this person is indeed a time traveler, then who in the heck is this he/she talking too?

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 20:39

24. baldilocks (Posts: 743; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Someone that reads lips should see if they can interpret what he/she is saying.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 20:51

25. JC (unregistered)

Tlaking with vigor? How can you tell this person is talking with vigor? Chewing gum, maybe.

Could not have been from too far in the future because the world will end in 2012.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 21:32

26. kimmers (unregistered)

you just want to be on tv. Who the hell is this person supposedly from the future talking to then??? There were no satellites. Clearly this person is schizo or something... just another crazy runnin around...

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 22:09

27. teri (unregistered)

Did anybody notice that she is wearing old clothes(if she was a time traveler, why would she be wearing that?), and that the director of the movie i would have think that person would notice that she was talking, plus do you know how history contributes in time, like we know about the Boston tea party in the 1700's, why didn't this get more exposed then? No, i am not disagreeing with anybody, just a thought though......

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 22:49

28. NateC (unregistered)

Her behavior DOES match that of someone talking on a cell phone or other comm device. Ditto her posture and hand position. I've seen the hearing aids, but they do not explain the talking. Also, who would use a hearing aid on a busy street?

I'm... reluctant to accept time travel as the only explanation. I'm not keen on alien visitation either. I suppose she could be a mannish foreign agent talking into a recording device, or maybe a radio to her operators at the embassy. That at least is within the realm of probability. There ARE foreign agents, they DO report to someone. So I'd much rather believe she was a German spy or something along those lines, or maybe a spy for one of Chaplin's rivals trying to ferret out his cinematographic techniques? It's a stretch, but no more (or probably less) than time travel or aliens.

I'm gonna try to monitor this, see what others come up with.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 23:19

29. Kat (unregistered)

She didn't time travel from our time. She is from the future and cell towers are not needed.

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 01:21

30. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

my theoris:
1- it is not a cellphone. there is no network. if even she IS from future, that must be some other kind of comiunicator.
2- she is from future, taking to another time travller, with somthing ike walkie- talkie.
3- she is an alien, talking to other aliens.
4- she is a spy. with high tech for that time, normal and outdated for our time.
4-1. spying charlie chaplins methods.
4-2. spying somthing else.
5- she wants to be on the movie. didnt know her voice cant be.
6- she was crazy. holding a brick next to her ears, talking to her self...

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 01:26

31. bemz (unregistered)

if he/she really was a TIME traveller, he/she did not need towers/satellites , for probably, in the future, phones will no longer need these things.

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 07:40

32. nathan (unregistered)

maybe she is an alien?

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 08:13

33. dave1 (unregistered)

This is a person who is a time traveller with a cell phone. They were sent back in time
and landed on this movie set, a man in drag as a woman or a transvestite around
age 55. The time traveller was aware of his surroundings and used a cell phone to
communicate with the people that sent him there, who exist in about the year 2050.

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 08:14

34. dave1 (unregistered)

This is a person who is a time traveller with a cell phone. They were sent back in time
and landed on this movie set, a man in drag as a woman or a transvestite around
age 55. The time traveller was aware of his surroundings and used a cell phone to
communicate with the people that sent him there, who exist in about the year 2050.

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 08:41

35. Maverick (unregistered)

Well besides time travel, maybe that really is a hearing aid device that she is talking into to adjust the volume on it. I'm not sure how those things worked but if you could adjust the amplification on it, then I would assume you would talk into it to see if it's on the right level for you so you could adjust it as your speaking. But......I love the time travel thing and I love this clip - there is such an eeriness to it - I love the thought of it. We'll never know for sure...heck, we can't even determin if its a man or a woman so........(I'm thinking man - feet and looks like kind of hairy back of hand)(although I had a grandmother who looked like that). I'd like people to just at least write cell phone (time traveler)/other and add man/women to their comments. Someone needs to digitally clean this up and zoom this footage. She looks like she says "I saw that" but........

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 09:16

36. ya boy (unregistered)

maybe it was just a like important gov't person from back then and he isnt a time traveler, cuz the governement always has crazy stuff like that, they just didnt have the need to make it public. then again it is a billion dollar industry but they probally didnt have the technology to support networks back then only like private ones like the one in the video.

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 10:06

37. kt (unregistered)


this should answer everyones questions

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 10:09

38. x (unregistered)

maybe they had thought of the idea and just pretended to have one not knowing that one day there really could be one

posted on 30 Oct 2010, 09:03

41. Kyle (unregistered)

http://www.phonearena.com/image.php?m=Articles.Images&f=name&id=34229&name=ha.jpg&caption=&title=Ima ge+from+%22Time+traveler+using+cell+phone+captured+in+1928+video+of+Chaplin+premiere%3F%22&kw= Look at aht, pictures of hearing aids from 1920, she was probably holding it to her ear to find out if it worked, and she was talking to see if she could hear herself. She smiled at the end because she could hear, she was happy :P simple.

posted on 30 Oct 2010, 18:05

43. Diddy (unregistered)



posted on 31 Oct 2010, 09:53

44. im right (unregistered)

It can't be a cell phone. What would have been more ridiculous is how one would have been able to work. There were no cell phone towers back then. Also there were no satellites. Furthermore, whom would she be able to talk to if neither of those existed? Is it a phone which can speak to people back in the future? Considering that backwards time travel is virtually impossible in the first place, probably not. I think we relate to something so innocent so well because we now see that gesture all the time and immediately recognize it means someone is talking on the phone. Have you ever had your hand on the back of your neck, frustrated while walking and speaking out your frustrations out loud? Just think that the right answer is probably the most logical. Coincidence. Do your research on backwards time travel first. Then think about the simplest answer is usually the right one. You can start with "the grandfather affect" of time travel. That's a good start.

posted on 31 Oct 2010, 10:10

45. im right (unregistered)

One more, it may have been an actress acting out she was on the phone before the show. Maybe in the show someone whom looks just like her is on the phone. Check that out.

posted on 31 Oct 2010, 20:15

46. call me john (unregistered)

Let me clarify and answer some questions at the same time.The she in the video is really a he. Typically some time travelers are sent back in groups. The person in the video is communicating with another traveler who arrived in the same group. The travelers appearance in the video was on purpose and had meaning behind it. Just think about 2013. Since there communicating with each other there is no need for a tower or satellite. I assure this is not the first. There are people whole want this reveal to be covered up as soon as possible. The device being used is a bit more advanced than the modern day cell phone. Videos like this tend to get edited out videos or completely destroyed.

posted on 31 Oct 2010, 20:31

47. call me john (unregistered)

The device being talked into in the video has the capabilities of a cell phone and a walkie-talkie all in and has much more features as well. The device has the ability to communicate in much longer distances than modern day walkie-talkies . Alfred J. Gross and the future research at Motorola lead to advances in distance. Thats all im comfortable disclosing.

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 14:59

48. trebor (unregistered)

think .....matrix????? the used cell phones to talk while in cyber space

posted on 04 Nov 2010, 01:07

49. strange (unregistered)

it looks more like a man...and i cannot really see the phone but a black object. It looks like w c field in drag. It could just be a mad person talking to himself. But its very strange and interesting...

posted on 04 Nov 2010, 14:30

50. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

im not argueing for "time trravel" but i am argueing ppl's stance on "there were no towers".... lol... So? there is no time travel? or, maybe it was a bluetooth conversation... you DONT need towers for that. could have been a bluetooth conversation by two time travellers 10 miles apart. or, lo and behold, the tech that they usaed to time travel also indicates new tech in time travel. maybe he was leaving a voice to text gps tage of his location :P

also, no one noticed the guy walking infront. be put something in his pocket as he walked by the front of the statue..... i think it was a can openner.... which ALSO wasn't invented in 1928.

posted on 06 Nov 2010, 10:20

52. bling bling (unregistered)

my biggest concern.......what phone she is using??????

posted on 07 Nov 2010, 16:49

53. t0k3ndr01d (unregistered)

did anyone once stop and think that the biggest thing of that time era was probably fm radio and it could have been someone listening to a show or ball game on the radio and got mad at what the announcer had to say and was talking back about like some of us today yell at the tv when our favorite team misses a intercept or a pass?

posted on 09 Nov 2010, 10:14

54. Duc (unregistered)

Possible it could have been a walkie talkie.

AT&T Bell Labs developed a video phone back in 1927, so it's possible someone was using something revolutionary back then.


posted on 03 Mar 2011, 22:18

55. neomatrix94 (unregistered)

did neone notice that u can see rite thru her at sum points...CREEPPYY!!

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 21:35

56. Diog (unregistered)

First and foremost, I would like to call this Out.

This is NOT a Cellphone. Think about this...

Lets say that she WAS talking to someone.
And lets say for a flipping-minute she has a Cellphone from 'the future', which is our Present..
And if it was a Cellphone, wouldn't it Require a Cellphone Tower to Work????

I'd say it was some kind of Voice Recorder, or possibly an early Walkie-Talkie of some sort. A Cellphone put in the 1920's wouldn't Work, because they has no Cellphone Towers then!!!!

So there are about 3 Distinct Possibilities:

1) She is using a Hearing Aid, and talking to her self for unexplained personal reasons. [Listening to the Environment or Static??]
2) She is using a type of Communication Device, similar to a Walkie-Talkie and seeing how far its Range would go away from the Shop near by.
3) She is testing some sort of Experimental Communications Device, similar to a Walkie-Talkie that is working for a Secret Agency, Government spy, or possibly a Visitor from another world. [They did ALLOT of this on Star Trek!!]

The 4th Possibility of being a Time Traveler is completely false, unless this IS NOT a Cellphone, but a specialized Communications Device that works more like a 2-way Radio to another person. [Which is sort of like #2 & #3 above...]

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 05:09

57. luis (unregistered)

UFO communicator as alien life forms walk among us & studying us since aliens put us on this planet.

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