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Time Traveller in Charlie Chaplin Movie?

In a behind the scenes footage, part of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus” (1928) DVD, George Clarke found:

“A large woman dressed in black with a hat hiding most of her face, with what can only be described as a mobile phone device – talking as she walks alone. I have studied this film for over a year now – showing it to over 100 people and at a film festival, yet no-one can give any explanation as to what she is doing. My only theory – as well as many others – is simple… a time traveler on a mobile phone.”

Now here’s to our ordinary investigation, which I must say beforehand, won’t come to any definite conclusion since all we have is some seconds of a 1928 film where we can’t actually see what the woman is holding.

It could be anything, including nothing.

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Theories abound, and besides the tantalizing idea of a cell phone from a time traveller, two more prosaic possibilities have been discussed. The first and to me, the most probable, is that the woman is simply using an ear trumpet, like this one, from Collect Medical Antiques:

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To support this idea, note that her index and middle fingers are more extended, exactly as would be expected if she was holding not a candybar style mobile phone, but a more round object. Like an ear trumpet. Compare how she holds a supposed object with these pictures from Getty Images (left 1974, right 1954)

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Those fellows, including English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams at right, were not using cell phones, but simple ear trumpets, available in those forms since very long agoo.

Then again, the woman attending the premiere of Chaplin’s “The Circus” could be holding nothing at all, and simply scratching her head (with her index and middle fingers) or merely blocking the glare of the Sun coming from her left.

The glare of the Sun, by the way, is what projects a shadow of her hand into her face, which is probably what many have confused with evidence of a black cell phone. Fact is, we can’t see what she is holding, if she is holding anything at all.

Granted, she does speak after she stops walking. Someone may have shouted that she was being filmed. If someone spoke to her at all.

But not to end this ordinary investigation without anything at all, let’s answer at least one little puzzle: Clarke wondered if the subject was even a woman, since her shoes seemed much too long. This is simple to explain: the aspect ratio of the image he captured from his widescreen TV is wrong.

If one corrects it, the elliptical sign at the background (“Now Playing Charlie Chaplin ‘The Circus’”) gets round again, and the horse and everything else, including the woman’s shoes, return a more normal aspect.

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Even her hand and fingers seem more natural. And in my personal opinion, it seem she is actually using an ear trumpet.

Why would she use it while walking on the street, I don’t know. And judging from the many friends who suggested this topic to be blogged here (thank you all!), the idea that she was a time traveller using a communications device – with a transtemporal Eternal cell phone carrier – is certainly much more attractive.

The cellphone lady is just one more time traveller, along with the hipster and the punk.

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  1. Sjoerd de Jong October 24th, 2010 4:57 pm

    Hi Kentaro,

    Very nice explaining article! is this after the linktip i shave sent you this morning?: http://www.6voor1.nl/2010/10/mobiel-bellende-vrouw-in-film-uit-1928/

    Greetings,
    Sjoerd

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  3. badass October 25th, 2010 8:09 am

    bullshit! there wasn’t any mobile network in 1941.

  4. Cobwebs October 25th, 2010 3:25 pm

    If she’s using a cell phone, I’d like to know which carrier has coverage so wide that she can get bars several decades before cell towers existed.

  5. redcat October 25th, 2010 5:01 pm

    Nice analysis. I think it’s safe to assume that there are is no real passer-by on a movie set. This is an actress, she could be listening to the directions, maybe with the ear trumpet.

  6. andyman October 25th, 2010 6:53 pm

    I agree with your discussion but most of the general chatter around this relates to a movies set… the footage was shot at the opening of the movie at a chinese theater not during movie filming. Not that this could rule out usage of an ear trumpet but seems quite strange that a person walking down a street for no particular reason would use such a device.

  7. Steve In Delaware October 26th, 2010 12:54 am

    My guess is that there weren’t any cell towers nearby, so she’d be unlikely to get any reception.

  8. Mordaxus October 26th, 2010 2:14 am

    Yeah, but if I were a time traveler visting the 1920s, I’d have my radio built into something resembling an ear trumpet. Wouldn’t you?

  9. Bullshiter BigLebowski October 26th, 2010 10:33 am

    What about electronic hearing aids? Carbon and Vacuum Tube…

    http://www.hearingcenteronline.com/museum.shtml

  10. house October 26th, 2010 5:22 pm

    I think it’s only someone who don’t want to be filmed

  11. Ian October 26th, 2010 7:28 pm

    The folks who made this video get a fail train ticket for:

    1) pointing a camera at a TV to capture video.
    2) filling the video with their worthless analysis
    3) no knowing how to set the aspect ratio on their display

  12. CC October 27th, 2010 10:37 am

    OMFG! Tim Powers was correct!

  13. Nicee October 27th, 2010 1:28 pm

    The real question is….who was she talking to?
    Another time traveller magic man?

  14. PurrlGurrl October 27th, 2010 1:51 pm

    There are many non-technological explanations that could explain the women’s behavior. But because we’re accustomed to seeing people on the street with cell phones pressed to their ears, the assumption is made that a hand held to the ear must contain a cell phone. That assumption just doesn’t apply because it’s a basic contextural error.

    When I looked at the film, my first impression is that the women is shielding her ear from loud noise that maybe coming from the ancient camera. She also could be shielding her face from the camera as well. As for her talking, she just might be complaining about the intrusive filming. I know I would be.

  15. Anthony October 27th, 2010 2:41 pm

    Only one problem with your theory. Ear trumpets are for listening. This woman is clearly talking. Watch closely her mouth. She is conversing into something hand-held.

  16. Mordaxus October 27th, 2010 3:10 pm

    @Anthony: Yes, but let’s assume for the sake of argument that it’s an ear trumpet. Heck, let’s assume that she is a time-traveler and has disguised her ansible as an ear trumpet.

    Socially, if one removes the trumpet from one’s ear, it says, “I’m not listening to you.” While it might be inconvenient to talk with the trumpet in your ear, from a standpoint of social manners, removing the trumpet makes the conversation half-duplex rather than full-duplex. And if you’re calling out to someone to know where’s the best place to sit, or where the heck is my coffee young man, you risk not hearing the answer if you take the trumpet out of your ear.

    So I think time-traveler or not, the observed behavior is consistent with both a time-traveler and an ear-trumpet.

    Unfortunately for those who believe it’s a time-traveler, any time-traveler worth their salt will do at least something to blend in. They will also understand the ramifications of walking around near a movie camera with anachronisms. So we have to catch them not only being anachronistic, but being accidentally anachronistic.

    Of course, the best way to detect a time-traveler is to note that the person who is either debunking time-traveler sightings, or worse, just spreading uncertainty and doubt into a conversation like this one is the person most likely to be a time-traveler.

    M

  17. radyokafa October 27th, 2010 4:21 pm

    it is not an iphone4, i can tell by the way she holds it..

  18. F89 October 27th, 2010 4:27 pm

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who thought “if they have a Cell Phone…how the heck is it working in 1928?”

  19. Anthony October 27th, 2010 5:15 pm

    It isn’t a cell phone of course -and she certainly is not a time traveler. But neither is she carrying an ear trumpet, as suggested.

    It is evident that the woman is talking into whatever “it” is. Look at her mouth. If you study closely, she is engaged in dialog through the ‘device,’ yet there is no one around her. So, to me, this is unresolved, in the grey basket.

  20. Craig York October 27th, 2010 7:02 pm

    I can accept the ear trumpet explanation, though I can understand a range of interpretation based on her actions.
    I would suggest that the person she’s talking to is the elderly
    gentleman in front of her, ( possibly her husband ).
    Regarding the “No Cel towers”, though, presumably any civilzation advanced enough to send folks back into the past
    would (1) send more than one individual and (2) be sophisticated enough to provide a means for them to communicate
    with one another. In any case, its also a bit too early for
    walkie-talkies, and they would be the size of a lunchbox when they did first appear. ( Sometime in the forties, I think. )
    The film might bear watching to see if the characters appear again.

  21. José Carlos October 27th, 2010 9:25 pm

    Hi, when the woman turns to her left you can see that there’s nothing in her hand. In my opinion, her conduct has nothing to do with cellphones or something similar, but it’s consistent with what you see a lot of people do in the street: Thinking about something aloud, maybe complaining about the sun and trying to cover her face, scratch an itch, or trying to remember something. Remember that before the advent of cellphones people, at least “non-crazy” people, didn’t use to talk aloud in the middle of the street, so she’s either really worried about something or, as was already suggested, talking to the elderly man walking in front of her.

    Just my opinion, and no, I am not a time traveler.

  22. bob October 27th, 2010 10:15 pm

    In this scene, there is a band playing, see the conductor with the white coat next to the trees. She is listening to the band and singing along with what was surely a popular song.

  23. bob October 27th, 2010 10:15 pm

    re listening to the band (i mean with her ear trumpet of course) shes singing along and into the trumpet so it sounds like shes singing the song.

  24. ash October 27th, 2010 11:47 pm

    It look like she fixing a stray hair or something I not saying there no way it a time traveler on a phone but idk it would sweet if it is though

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  26. PurrlGurrl October 28th, 2010 3:04 am

    It’s amusing to read all the comments and note how many commenters have abandoned all logic in order to justify what’s basically cultural pareidolia.

  27. Anthony October 28th, 2010 7:27 am

    When you think of time travel you think of future, we already have blue tooth now. Why would a person from the future hold a cell phone when they can easily hide a blue tooth in thier ear and keep the cell phone in thier pocket. Why would they not use ear pieces and hidden mics to talk? That alone tells me she is not a time traveler.

  28. Ekane October 28th, 2010 8:24 am

    supposing this woman is a time traveller, what telecom network was her phone using ?

  29. Aerylon October 28th, 2010 10:00 am

    “cultural pareidolia?” Why not? Its something new to talk about and investigate. With all the crap going wrong in the world at the moment, this brings people a moment to focus on something else for a short time. I for one have not abandoned logic. I merely state the obvious from my point of view. As for yours, perhaps if you were a totally isolated individual, you might think that. I bet you do not believe in God either? lol.

    My own analysis: “P

    Frequency and light know no barriers of timespace. Unless your dealing with a singularity of some kind– a black hole or worm hole for example. We know light cannot escape a blackhole, and the? gravity well in one is unlike anything else as far as power is concerned. As for a worm hole, who knows. They exist in theory only — IE the string theory. Theoretically, if you have enough power to do it, you can send a signal that a cell phone, among other small electronic devices, can tap into. WI-FI and Broadband are good examples. Its all based on frequency. The power required to run a cell would be much higher than our own phones now. The reach of such a device, is reminiscent of the old star trek orbital communicators. If? you have a satellite in orbit, bouncing a signal off of Jupiter’s “atmosphere” to bounce off of Saturn’s rings, via any sized small satellite, that could be as big as Television or smaller, causing it to loop into the gravity well of the sun, making it reflect off the chromosphere of the sun back towards Earth at near the speed of light, maybe faster, and -wham- 1928. Also if the signal was part light and part frequency, our instruments of today would possibly detect it. But back then, no way. If they have the tech for time travel, they have the tech to put satelites in orbit that we would know nothing about. As for the shoes, if you look closely, they resemble the man in her immediate front. Without closer observation its hard to tell.

    Personally, if it were someone from our time, or near to our time, or even an ETBE — common sense would say that the traveler after seeing “she” was “on film” might have done something to the film to alter it in some way, or something similar. But then maybe not. She/He/It would know that the technology would not exist for some 85-100 yrs. And by then — no one would believe what they saw. It would be like — to quote a favorite movie line — finding Moses’ DVD Collection — Or Noah’s laptop. While these two sound funny, if you think about it — there are many many other “conspiracies” the world over that could indeed be related to such an event as shown in this Chaplin video. Watch a movie called “Millenium.” A time travel movie. Not very good, but it’s the idea behind it. Not to mention the older one with a College Professor who was a gun slinger by hobby having it out with Billy The Kid in the Old West, and was Photographed (Old black and white styled) doing it.

    Anything is possible if you have the technology and the money to do it. Time travel is not impossible, it is highly improbable, and with our current level of technology, who knows — I mean the biggest machine in the world outside of France exists now, where a few years ago would have been laughed at gawked at etc. Did anyone really think that the Large Hadron Collider was something to experiment with powers only? In theory it might be possible to achieve that kind of a goal — who knows. If the collider was a weapon, there is nothing to say that that weapon is actually a “weapon” as we know it. See? And people thought microwaves and velcro would destroy the world.

    Seriously — this should be looked into by serious film forensic experts.

  30. Frank John Reid October 28th, 2010 10:52 am

    She’s got an early electrical hearing aid (this appears on the ‘net, in some postings of this film snip), and she’s testing it out by talking quietly into it…before she actually meets her granddaughter, or her lawyer, or whoever.

    Well, at least the above doesn’t dull Occam’s razor, this time.

  31. Anthony October 28th, 2010 11:30 am

    Frank’s thoughts on this may resolve my issue that the woman is obviously talking into something. This ‘something’ could well be a “new-fangled” electrical hearing aid that she is testing…More detail on the history of such devices and what they looked like would be interesting…

  32. Bullshiter BigLebowski October 28th, 2010 11:57 am
  33. Jenni October 28th, 2010 12:20 pm

    Find out who that lady is!!!

  34. Jenni October 28th, 2010 12:26 pm

    In 1928 people probably couldn’t even think of a cell phone existing. Why would a woman walk and talk into something down a street? I agree with Craig, if there is something out there advanced enough to send someone back into time then there is some talking device advanced enough to work without a satellite.

  35. Cadence October 28th, 2010 12:57 pm

    Who would she be speaking to on the other end if she were a time traveler???

  36. erickp October 28th, 2010 1:41 pm

    Its real but sadly not a time traveller.

    It’s the same guy super-imposed in two different outfits. Look at height and walk of both people. They are identical. BUT the real clue is the guy in the white shirt in the background. Watch before the first guy passes him, the elbow is up BUT when he actually passes him, all of a sudden the elbow snaps down. It’s a total edit.

  37. April October 28th, 2010 1:43 pm

    Um maybe it’s just me but it seems to me she is holding a pair of gloves in her hand nothing more.

  38. Christopher October 28th, 2010 2:40 pm

    She’s holding an ear trumpet to keep aural tabs on what’s going on around her, and she’s also talking to herself — maybe complaining — about all the fuss surrounding the filmmakers. Old folks — and young, too — do talk to themselves when out an about, even if it’s not into a cell phone.

  39. jibaroo somonoske October 28th, 2010 4:54 pm

    she wasn’t holding anything, it was pretty obvious.

    re: comments about cell towers or ‘mobile phone’ tech, if let say this is a true ‘time travel’ thing, then it may just be a “communicator” of sorts and may not need cell sites to work. if they have made time travel work, they must be pretty advanced.

  40. kitmando October 28th, 2010 7:24 pm

    I think this almost like a scene out of Star Trek…She is asking Scotty to beam her up!…C’mon people it’s obvious…no cell phone towers but ship to ship communicators?

  41. Sneaky Pete October 28th, 2010 7:31 pm

    To all that say this is BS because there were no cell towers… ponder this. Let us all agree for the sake of argument that she is indeed a time traveler. With the technology needed to send a body intact backward in time, do you really think they would need a cell tower to communicate on a hand held device? Something tells me probably not. The tech needed to achieve such a feat would make talking on a device through time rather simplistic by comparison.

  42. Who's Who October 28th, 2010 7:37 pm

    Thats no woman… THATS A MAN! BABY!

  43. John Muir October 28th, 2010 7:39 pm

    She, or indeed he, could be mad. Their whole movement seems strange, like an in-patient at a psychiatric hospital, or rather just a senile old passer by. I get the feeling they notice the camera and want to hide their face; this would be a real moment of panic if this was a man caught cross dressing in public back then, especially, sane or otherwise. Certainly, they look anything but cool and collected, at ease with their supposedly anachronistic technology. Why not just hide it?

    Before mobile telephony became commonplace, talking to yourself out in public would most likely make you appear quite nutty. Just like the idea that something clasped in the hand up against the cheek must be a mobile phone, I think we’re ignoring our modern perspective. Testing a hearing aid while not in obvious company may have been something people would not do back then. People hurrying about, holding conversations with invisible third parties is about as modern as it gets. Being out and about while crazy, however, was if anything more usual back then. I think she’s either an old lady or, perhaps, a cross dressed man, talking out loud and clearly confused; holding either a trumpet, a hearing aid, or quite possibly nothing at all.

    But I too am guessing.

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  45. Brad October 28th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Even if it was a time traveler, (which it is not) there was not support for cell phone technology in the 1920’s so cell phones would not work. The laws of physics would apply. He looks like he is scratching his head to me.

  46. JeR October 28th, 2010 11:13 pm

    Seems obvious to me that the woman is having a nice stroll with her husband. That also explains perfectly well whom she is talking to. Maybe he saw the camera first and didn’t feel comfortable about being recorded, so he accelerated a bit leaving his wife trailing him. Or maybe she had been trailing him all along. Some couples are like that.

  47. JeR October 28th, 2010 11:17 pm

    And another thing – maybe she is hiding her face, not from the sun, but from the camera. Maybe that is why her husband walks past so quickly too.

  48. John October 29th, 2010 12:11 am

    I have a stutter and I believe it could be some sort of home made speech device to help with your fluency or accent. I believe she is speaking into it on one end and having her voice come back to her on the other end. Its like a shell on the beach that I would use on the beach to hear an echo of my voice. She was probably testing it. So I call it ECHO DEVICE.

  49. ken October 29th, 2010 4:01 am

    All this talk of debunking this poor time traveler, who I might add took time to dress in period fashion so as not to be recognized, but, as with most of us, couldn’t resist breaking character to take an “urgent” call!

    What you are all missing here is the obvious! Take note of the man clearly using a high-colonic phase-shifting temporal transpositioning signal-inducer amplification trebulator, immediately behind the, well, “rear” of the zebra, off in the shadows on the left side of the screen. Duh people, everyone knows THAT’S how she’s getting the signal for her phone call!

    Of course this is a movie set with no “passers by” and that this shot was a test shoot, for as we all know, movies and for that matter Hollywood itself, would not have existed had people from the future not gone into the past to “create” it!

    Now if we had caught her texting, that’d be another story….

  50. Afro October 29th, 2010 11:24 am

    Maybe there was a hearing aid shop just before the cinema enterance. The lady seems to be testing her newly bought device by not neccesarily talking to anyone except herself. Remember that your voice sounds diffently when you record and play yourself compared to what you hear in moment you speak. If lady did not hear properly and just recently bought a hearing aid she could simply be suprised with her voice sounding diffrently and thous strange.

  51. khashayar October 29th, 2010 3:48 pm

    thank you , it was interesting, cause I saw this clip a few days ago ,and now I can see some other points.
    telling that time travelling is totally impossible is not wise, cause we have seen so many advances in science in these years, but there are certain logical problems about what would stop time travelers from changing the history , which will certainly has effects on our lives.
    thanks again

  52. mchance27 October 29th, 2010 4:12 pm

    No cell tower? TARDIS.

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  54. SGT October 30th, 2010 8:16 am

    After a careful analysis, I have concluded that what this footage depicts is not actually a woman but it is indeed the iPhone creator, Steve Jobs dressed incognito testing the iPhone 4 antennae problem. That’s how thorough he is.

    Mr. Jobs is obviously speaking to his engineers back at Apple to see if they could hear him clearly in 1928 as he transmits the cell signal through a wormhole in the space-time continuum which is being held open by an experimental iPad that is cleverly hidden under his cloak.

    …Simple explanation

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  56. Raymond October 30th, 2010 10:21 am

    Then a other question, then to who is the woman talking to? the device in her hand looks diferent then a hearingdevice.

  57. frank October 30th, 2010 12:39 pm

    Quick note.

    The lady’s walk is in time with the chap in front. A common phenomenon which occurs with couples/ groups walking together.

    To me, this suggests that that’s whom she’s battering on to.

    But, anyone noticed the similarity between her and the old woman in the Giles cartoons? Coincidence?

  58. Laurie Hawkins October 31st, 2010 12:43 am

    I just think it’s odd that when she (he?) stops and turns towards the camera, she’s clearly talking and using the type of “cell phone body language” we often see today. …not saying that proves anything about time travel … just saying it’s odd.

  59. karen October 31st, 2010 1:09 am

    http://medcat.wustl.edu/cgi/arb.cgi?115111922:ig1:3:did:2441
    Pretty sure it’s something like this. And you you people never talked to yourself or mumbled to yourself?

    I think is is going to the movie (cause it was at the opening not the filming of the movie) and she was trying out her new hearing aid. And talking to herself.

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  62. Anthony October 31st, 2010 10:31 am

    Frank-

    No. Watch it again, carefully. The man in front of her clearly has no relationship to the ‘talking woman’ behind him. He is walking at a rate of speed that far surpasses her. He is intent on moving forward and has no interest or connection to the woman who happens to be behind him for a period of time. And at the end of the clip, she begins to turn away in another direction entirely.

    Of course it is not a cell phone, and it is not a time traveler- but again, it is not an Ear Trumpet. That woman is conversing through a hand-held device of some sort- no doubt about it.

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    People also forget that time travelers (of which there are none, really) have already seen the little game of “spot the time traveler” and there’s a whole section devoted to it on the Dlisted web site starting in the fall of 3072. Duh.

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  66. Bruce November 2nd, 2010 4:33 pm

    I can’t wait till we can go back in time to see what she’s holding!

  67. RBG November 2nd, 2010 11:33 pm

    whatever it is, it’s kinda weird but cool! I wanna be a time traveler or should I say a “JUMPER” (based from the movie Jumper).

  68. Robert Glen Fogarty November 4th, 2010 10:18 am

    I lived in Hollywood for about ten years and seeing people talking to themselves in front of the Chinese Theater is an age-old tradition. Nothing unusual about it at all!

    Sometimes they’ll holler at trash cans and bits of string, too.

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  70. Nasima November 13th, 2010 9:52 pm

    Maybe she just had a tooth pulled and is holding ice to her face…..she looks like she’s talking cause she’s in pain and mumbling obscenities under her breath….

  71. klugscheisser November 29th, 2010 11:14 pm

    Hey man you really suck!

    Just because for you i can t be possible, that she is a time traveler, it must not be the case..

    Can you prove, if she isn`t one?

  72. Adam December 7th, 2010 12:42 pm

    Possibly a crazy woman talking to a shoe? :D

  73. Bullshiter BigLebowski December 12th, 2010 6:29 pm

    klugscheisser: Can you prove that Speaking Banana doesn´t exist? Dumbass…

  74. Max December 26th, 2010 9:21 pm

    Towards the end of the video you can see that her hand is in fact empty, and that she moves her index fingure to scratch her head… she was probably just covering her face and then scratched an itch… she may have been talking aloud to nobody

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    If there’s anything, the woman was semi-transparent. Truly, compared with the man that passed before her, she passes through the background image. I’m thinking, what if these are lapses in time? Like a wormhole in parallel universes? It’s like on of those CCTV videos capturing people that pass through other seemingly normal people on the streets…

  78. Jenn March 22nd, 2011 3:14 am

    How come no one is talking about how she is talking or the fact that she has it pressed against her face. If you was trying to listen to stuff around yourself wouldn’t you have it pointed to what you are listening to. Also if you were trying to hide you’re face wouldn’t you lay your hand flat against you face? If you were hiding your face from the camera why would you turn and face it too. Plus she looks surprised by the fact the camera is there. And if she is talking to herself and crazy then why isn’t she carrying herself like she is crazy. If someone is a nutter you can spot. She is dressed nice and she even carries herself. In fact I think she looks like she is upperclass like she was talking care of herself. Plus if she was crazy and someone was taking care of her so she looked nice then why were they letting her walk around by herself? Idk just a few things my friend and I were discussing.

  79. Anthony March 23rd, 2011 4:17 pm

    Jenn- I made these points earlier. This woman is clearly speaking into a hand-held communications device of some sort. And she is not talking to anyone nearby her or to herself. Precisely what this ‘device’ is and what she is saying and to whom is a mystery.

  80. frank March 23rd, 2011 4:28 pm

    Fun, but now utterly, utterly debunked. Do a quick google search. Shame though, it would have been nice to believe in something. Unfortunatly life is dull. (except nature and the rest of the universe, but we just take that fer granted). X f

  81. Lisa meakin May 2nd, 2011 6:51 pm

    This is definitely a hearing aid. When the clip gets to 0.57 she turns towards us before the picture fades and you can clearly see something round sitting in the palm of her hand, just like the small trumpet hearing aids. She is talking then smiling so is probably being told that she is on film and to keep walking but obviously, she turns to look so they decide to fade out at that time. Unfortunately not a time traveller this time!!

  82. yokesreddy July 28th, 2011 12:25 pm

    it seams like she is cursing someone else on the communicator by being sent her to the 1928. in 1920s era, womens shoe are like that as it is made to use in urbans environments especially for custom made shoe. think about it.

  83. george October 29th, 2011 1:41 am

    el punto es que la señora no esta escuchando, esta hablando por ese aparato, eso lo hace ser muy extraño.

  84. Alice December 21st, 2011 4:46 pm

    This is an interesting one, though it does seems to have less potential than some of the other ”time travelers” with more background information.
    There’s quite a big possibility that she is actually holding an ear trumpet or even nothing. Maybe she was just shouting something to someone outside the film set, but of course no sound was recorded. It would’ve been interesting if she was an actual time traveler, but I don’t think so. What would be the point in traveling back to time, and then not leaving any trace except appearing in a Charlie Chaplin film for a few seconds? (Of course there could’ve happened something in a former timeline which didn’t happen because of something minor in the time travel itself, but you get my point.) And in the first place, why would she be holding a phone anyway? Of course she couldn’t call anyone, so the only reason why she would be taking a phone would be to take pictures of the past. But she isn’t taking pictures, she’s talking into the phone so that argument would be invalid even if it actually was a phone.

  85. dark December 29th, 2011 2:39 am

    She is talking and if you pay attention you will realize that the movie ‘Racing stripes’ is not that original xD

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  87. Marion April 10th, 2012 6:13 pm

    Hi: This is all very interesting to me, because I have a pic. of my Great Grandmother who appears to be holding a cell phone. This picture that I have has to be from the mid to later 1870’s if I did the math right.
    Is there anyone out there who would like for me to send an email of this pic. to help identify on what she is holding. At first I thought it was a shadow, but when the pic. was printed out, it looks like she is holding something near her ear.
    Thanks

  88. Mordaxus April 10th, 2012 8:50 pm

    Marion, that’s great. Please let us know where we can see it. Post a link.

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  90. Umbriel April 17th, 2012 7:16 pm

    Seems to me like one would expect to hear music outside a circus, and a passerby might well have held up her trumpet to hear it better. I also wonder whether a wise hard-of-hearing pedestrian of that era might well have kept their trumpet in place while walking down a street, the better to hear oncoming traffic, warnings, etc. — a lesson modern earbud wearing pedestrians have yet to take to heart.

  91. James May 31st, 2012 3:46 am

    Watch the video again but instead look at the man who walks past first. It appears that something just appears in his hands just passing behind the zebra. ???

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