Yes, it’s several (ahem) days AFTER April Fools. I had every intention of getting the answers to the videos posted – but a bit too much got in the way. I’ll admit that a nasty cold/cough illness played a great part in it ….
In The video from Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus” …. It certainly looks as if there were cell phones in 1928 …. right?
In staying with the comments on YouTube, which is a fascinating/horrifying place to be for any length of time. It was suggested and confirmed that this is nothing more than a compact hearing amplification device that was available and was actually quite expensive. Personally, it seems to be nothing more than something to replace cupping your hand behind your ear ….
The video from 1938 causes more “conspiracy” theories … It looks like a cell phone, she’s talking on the phone and THEN she puts it down from her ear.
The film itself is, evidently, part of a longer film from DuPont .. who at the time was working with the concept of radio phones – think walkie-talkies (walking and talking – having nothing to do with the famous BBC series which introduced the world to “walkie-walkies”.)
The problem with this device (as there was NO infrastructure at the time) It would only work within a very small radius and for a very short time … the batteries evidently sucked as well.
Sadly, I’ll have to put my Dr. Who fantasy back in the drawer for a while, but I’m sure there’s other fascinating videos out there …..