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Does This Video a 'Time-Traveler' or the First Cellphone in 1930s? Here's the Supposed Back Story

"They were experimenting with wireless telephones."

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

Earlier this week, the cellphone officially became over the hill as April 3 marked the 40th anniversary of the first call made -- or did it?

For the last few days, a black and white video of what is being theorized to either be the world's first cellphone in the 1930s or evidence of a "time-traveler" has been gaining steam, after it was posted for about a year. Now, what is claimed to be the backstory from someone related to the supposed cellphone user has emerged.

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

The footage shows  a group of young women walking down a street. One of them is holding an object up next to her ear and she appears to be talking.

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

The original of the video has been removed, but several others have been posted so you can still check out the clip. It claims to have been shot in 1938 near a Dupont Factory in Massachusetts. See the footage for yourself:

The Daily Mail reported a commenter on the original video named Planetcheck claimed the woman was his great grandmother Gertrude Jones. Here's what Planetcheck wrote:

"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."

Many were still skeptical wondering why it then took so long for such a device to make it to the mainstream.

The Huffington Post called upon Snopes, the online resource that seeks to debunk misinformation, for its analysis of the footage. Founder David Mikkelson told HuffPost that due to poor resolution from the video, the woman could be carrying "anything from a handkerchief to a hearing aid."

Although possible Dupont scientists were working on a cellphone-like device, Mikkelson continued that he doubts it would be "handed out a young woman" working there and he noted the lack of historical documentation about it.

It might also be worth pointing out the relatively small size of the object the woman is holding compared to the larger size of mobile phones when they first began being used widely several decades later.

(Image: Wikimedia)

This isn't the first time though there have been rumors of time-travelers showing off cellphones before their time. This clip from a Charlie Chaplin film a few years ago was reported to show a woman talking on a cellphone as well:

It was later debunked and said to be a horn-like hearing aid device.

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