A time traveler video that shows a young woman holding what appears to be a cellular phone may be solved, with an explanation almost as strange as the video itself — the woman actually is holding a primitive cell phone.
The footage of the so-called time traveler showed up about a year ago. It shows a group of people walking out of a building, with a brunette holding her hand to her ear with what appears to be a large portable phone. The strange sight led conspiracy theorists to claim that the woman was a time traveler — because how else would she have a cell phone in 1938?
This wasn’t the first time conspiracy theorists claimed to have found evidence of time travel. A clip that emerged in 2010 of a Charlie Chaplain movie premiere in the 1920s also showed what appeared to be a woman holding a cell phone to her ear.
That instance hasn’t been fully explained, but it appears the time traveler video from last year does have an explanation. A YouTube user named Planetcheck claims to be the woman’s grandchild and says that she is indeed holding a portable phone.
“She was 17 years old.I asked her about this video and she remembers it quite clearly. She says Dupont [the company that reportedly owns the factory in the video] 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.”
When other YouTube commenters grew suspicious, Planetcheck offered more explanations:
“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.”
Planetcheck offered no proof of the claims. And the conspiracy theorists may have more fuel to add to the fire — the YouTube time traveler video was taken down shortly after the explanation went up.