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Old 10-25-2010, 07:33 PM
 
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Go figure this one out..........

Is this a time-traveling cellphone user in a 1928 film? | DVICE
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:41 PM
 
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:48 PM
 
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A) who could possibly be on the other end of a cell phone conversation in 1928? They don't have any towers.

B) I would think in the age time travel is possible, something other than a early 21st century handheld mobile would be used for communication.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:33 AM
 
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Ear wax
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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All joking aside it is kind of freaky.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:54 AM
 
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Looked to me like she was talking into a shoe.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:23 AM
 
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It's a Western Electric Model 34A "Audiphone" manufactured in 1925.

Western Electric Model 34A "Audiphone" Carbon Hearing Aid
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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It's a Western Electric Model 34A "Audiphone" manufactured in 1925.

Western Electric Model 34A "Audiphone" Carbon Hearing Aid

Who is she talking to? Why is the microphone component (big box) of the hearing aid being held to her head when there is an ear component?
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:52 AM
 
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Who is she talking to? Why is the microphone component (big box) of the hearing aid being held to her head when there is an ear component?
I don't know. The specific scene is extremely brief. Maybe she was a bit loopy and was just talking to herself. Some people do that. Or maybe the speaker for the earpiece wasn't working right, and held it up to her ear to see if that would help (not that it would), and cussing out the device in frustration for not working. The apparent size, shape, and year seems to fit pretty well with something like the W.E. 34A.

What I found to be stranger were the shoes. Do you think she might have been a time traveler with a cell phone?
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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An exercise in observation and logic. (Or as Sir Bedeveer would put it: How do you know she is a witch?)

Problem: Person walking down a street talking (apparently loudly, and apparently talking into a device). Initial thought is the device looks like a cellphone, but those weren't developed yet (here is a trivia aside; the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad had phone service from certain trains to Europe at around this time period - while the train was traveling. There WAS technology. It just hadn't met with mass distribution.)

Explanation 1.
The ambient sound is loud and the ear on the side of the head towards the sound is being covered, and the person is vocally expressing displeasure. Just doesn't look like it, especially at the end, but this is still a possibility.

Explanation 2.
The person is insane. Unlikely. I've seen the real actions first hand many times, this doesn't cut it. Too well dressed, too purposeful, not distracted by animal, etc.

Explanation 3.
Hearing aid. Don't think so for the reason expressed above. My grandfather had a similar hearing aid and bringing the mike near the earpiece caused squeals of feedback.

Explanation 4.
Almost as unbelievable as the time travel thing, but in my book the most likely explanation. I think the device is a high-end (possibly one-of-a-kind) early portable wire recorder. The person would then likely be an attorney or someone connected with Chaplin and his studio. Wire recording was developed much earlier than the 1940s. Here are a couple of cites:

The Journal of the Acoustical ... - Google Books

http://books.google.com/books?id=n4i...ed=0CFEQ6AEwBg

Chaplin was a world traveler and movies were the high technology of the time. While wire recorders were common in WWII, a post WW-I portable might have been made, especially in Germany. An attorney employed either by the film company or the circus would have quite likely been on-scene. Dictating what he saw into a recorder could have been part of his job.

The technology was available during the time period.
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