Picture of a man ‘speaking on a cell phone’ in the 1940s goes viral

Picture of a man 'speaking on a cell phone' in the 1940s goes viral

This picture is going viral on social media. It shows a man in a black and white 1940s photo appearing to be speaking on a cell phone.

What makes the photo puzzling is that cellphones weren’t invented until 1973 by Motorola but it didn’t go public where people can actually purchase it for use until 1983.

Anyone have an explanation for it? Manipulated image, perhaps?

Picture of a man 'speaking on a cell phone' in the 1940s goes viral

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  1. Hmmm, Maybe listening to a transistor radio?
    I recall as a small boy in the mid-1950s my Dad, who loved electronics, came home with a small-sized radio in his shirt pocket. We heard the music but had no idea where it was coming from. He tried to fool us by saying it was a pack of cigarettes in his shirt pocket. But we soon learned he had a very small radio in his pocket. Additionally, I have read about the possibility of personal, small-sized telephones in articles that date back to the 1920s. Those in the ‘know’ could see it coming 100 years ago. Some feel that if Nicola Tesla had been embraced instead of hampered, we would have the Internet 100 years ago! Imagine!


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