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Time Travel! Native American Appears To Hold a SMARTPHONE In This 1937 Painting

A painting of Native Americans that dates back to the 1930s has been causing a stir as the painting seems to show a man looking intently at the display of a cell phone. The painting has the title of Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield, and it shows a meeting between some Native Americans and English settlers in Massachusetts in the 17th century.

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But what has been pointed out and which is totally out of the time frame is the black cell phone that the man is holding in his hand. The device appears to be black with a white or gray surround. This is a huge surprise as the cell phone was not around at this time and in fact, it would be another seven decades before it was invented.

image credit: postalmuseum

This has led to a great deal of speculation about what the device might be that is being held by the man in the painting, and some people have said that it might be a case of time travel.Art historians have been making suggestions as to what the black device in the hand of the man might be, and some have said that it could be a mirror, an iron blade or a bible.


Of course, it could be a cell phone, and if so that would mean that the man had traveled into the future and picked up the phone and then gone back in time with it. The artist behind the painting was Umberto Romano, and if the item in the man’s hand is a cell phone, then Romano would have to know that Native Americans possessed cell phone technology during that era and perhaps he did this fact in his artwork.