Charlie Chaplin’s Time Traveler

This got buried in my bookmarks last fall, but I meant to post it, because it is fun. This short film is about a piece of footage George Clark found behind the scenes in Charlie Chaplins film ‘The Circus’. Attending the premiere at Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA – the scene shows 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.

So what do you think is going on here?


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2 thoughts on “Charlie Chaplin’s Time Traveler

  1. Badwolf says:

    If it’s a time traveler (and I’m not discounting this) a cell phone would be useless in 1928. Simple reason – no cell towers or sites. I can safely discount the idea that it’s a cell phone.

    On the other hand – a small walkie-talkie would certainly work back then – or at any time in the past – it’s dependent on the electromagnetic spectrum which has existed in our universe for as long as we know.

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