“Photograph of a time-traveler”

This picture is “Reopening of the South Fork Bridge after flood in Nov. 1940 / 1941” at the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum in British Columbia, Canada.


Thanks to Michael Acton Smith, Luke Nye and John Pollock.

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52 comments to “Photograph of a time-traveler”

  • Ally

    Could be, never travelled through time myself- always parallel worlds

  • Chris

    I find that travel through parallel worlds is very fascinating as it really allows you to appreciate and understand the impact of history and the decisions that were made in our world throughout time. We often wonder “what if” well the parallel world traveler really gets to explore those “what if”s. It is very educational!

  • Shimmy

    The first hipster.

  • Beautiful Things

    I’d love to know who he was and why he was dressed like this. He really sticks out of that crowd.

  • Mark

    For a time-traveller he’s holding a very retro folder camera.

  • Mark

    For a time-treveller that’s a very retro folder camera he’s got…

  • Calandra

    Is that photoshopped? It looks so weird. He’s sooo out of place.

  • Jez

    Now there’s a dude. Amazing photo, really.

  • Rosalind

    According to Wikipedia, the first T shirts with logos were produced in the 1950s…

  • Charles H.

    Sure looks like someone forgot to brush up on proper period attire before the trip!
    But upon further inspection… the hairstyle and glasses are correct for the period, and what looks like a shirt with a modern logo could very well be a sweater with a zig zag pattern. Still, I’ve no idea about that fuzzy jacket!

  • KY

    150 years ago they’re gonna look at lady gaga and said she’s a time traveler

  • mike

    He’s wearing a football jersey, they were embroidered, the sunglasses withe the wrap around were worn by aviators and sport car drivers of the period

  • marie

    That COULD be a time traveler, but maybe we only think that people in the early 40s dressed a certain way, and really people have dressed like they do know. Or maybe that’s the guy that started the way of dressing like that, and used some method of personalizing or making his own clothes. That way he could or could not be a time traveler. Though it is possible.

  • Phnepsilon

    Oh, I travel through time all the time! Well, mostly forward.

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  • wendy

    Look you guys This has sooooo obsolutly been photo shoped he is bigggggger than anyone else in photoooooo

  • Aidan_D

    Why should the fact that he’s bigger than anyone else be a problem? It’s natural that that the average height of a male is constantly increasing so if he is from the future, one would expect him to be taller than them.

  • Chris M

    The jersey could be that of the Montreal Maroons, an Ice Hockey team who went out of business in 1938? Their logo was a big letter M.

  • Josh

    Just look at it, its not an M? Looks more like a W to me.

  • Aishling

    Oh wow!!! That is amazing!!! :D I hope its not photoshopped :P And yes I see a “W” as well :)

  • marie

    this is to wendy. if she checks back. for one, he isn’t bigger than everyone else in the photo, and for two: his hair and skin are clearly affected in the same manner by the weather, mostly the wind and light, so if it was photoshopped, it was photoshopped sooooo well, the person who did it also recreated perfectly the sunlight and wind on the guy. I believe it isn’t photshopped, but I’m split as to if it is or is not a time traveler.

  • MarkW

    Very intriguing photo. The supposed time-traveller looks a lot like my brother. Think I’ll have to interrogate him when I next see him.

  • JohnM

    Look at the photo closely. The ‘modern’ man has been inserted ahead of a man holding the camera. A good but not perfect photo manipulation. Snip and load it into your favorite editor and the fake becomes apparent. Either that or the guy behind him is giving him a hug while holding the camera.

  • Serge

    A curious photo, indeed. The guy’s camera is not visible quite well but it does look like a model from the 1990s. And I think the young lady to his right is looking either at his apparel or his camera or both. Strange.

  • David

    If you go to the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum’s website, you’ll see that this pic is there in the museum collection - it is not photoshoped.

  • Jeff

    I would say Photoshopped on enlarging the image the guy’s nose has been slightly chipped,as if the cutout was slightly feathered.

  • iSteve

    Doctored or not, the last thing a time traveler needs is a photograph of themselves ,notoriety is a no no.
    It would be a constant concern and lots of hard work to keep going back and forth stopping time to move this camera or that camera so as not to be in the shot.
    It must be such a lonely life with limited interaction with the people he meets at various time points.Always wondering which time is his.
    And the self control required not to influence outcomes would be beyond most ordinary mortals.

  • shargraves

    That W on his top. He’s got a Weylan-Yutani T shirt on! ha ha.

  • Ryan

    Gotta be a time traveler. He’s got his time machine (possibly a DeLorean) hidden under the mound of stuff in the upper right corner of the picture.haha

  • PegLegPigeon

    Yeah I know that guy. He does this all the time. His name’s Brian.

  • Wicked Mr. Pickett

    This does not look Photoshopped to me. Not at all. So, he’s wearing different clothes than the people around him. Big deal. He’s wearing what looks like a hockey or rugby sweater and a big wool jacket. He’s no taller than a couple of other men in the photo. In fact, one man in the background looks 6″ taller than anyone else in the picture (unless he’s standing on the side of the car) and the guy leaning against the car in the foreground is very tall as well.

  • Colin Jackson

    If he is a time-traveler, he’s a rank amateur. Sure, anybody can make the mistake of wearing the wrong outfit for the wrong period - Wikipedia is only so accurate after all! But to then wander into a crowd of people and stand out like a sore thumb? What a newb. Why would a time-traveler travel to a re-opening of an obscure bridge in BC anyway?

  • Lofolulu

    Notice he is the only person sporting sunglasses on an obviously bright sunny day. Spatially, there is not room for 2 men standing in the space for one. Also, only bums would appear in public who were not clean-shaven. Nonetheless, this is an excellent fake. Look how many people fell for it.

  • Simon UK

    To my eye he doesn’t cry out hey i’m from the future ! A Time traveller would not make themselves look out of place unless he is there by accident. I would love to believe in time travel. Maybe it will happen one day. Another mystery for us to solve.
    I’m not an expert but i don’t think it has been photoshopped. Maybe i’m wrong.
    Lets get some experts on the case.

  • Karen

    How ever much i want to believe this photo is real i don’t! only cause the detail of the light shining from the sun on the upper right shoulder of this mans top and neck looks to detailed and defined compared to all of the other people’s in this picture! Have a look on everyone else’s top right shoulders and necks in this picture where the sun shines on them, they have less defined detail on the edges and more of a blurred sunlight look. Plus he don’t have anyone standing behind him to block the sun from him. Hope this makes sense as trying to explain it to everyone is more difficult that it seems ha ha! And yes his hands on the camera don’t look like his own and don’t belong to him as if this mans image was cleverly put over the top of another mans image!

  • Rosasharn

    Looks like he’s wearing a college letter sweater under a ratty old jacket. The specs look like sunglasses or safety glasses with side pieces. Looks like a student who just rolled out of bed.

  • Phil Cooper

    Sheesh! Isn’t it obvious? The photo was taken in British Columbia. The Canadian Rockies are in British Columbia. The man in question is wearing glacier glasses. The glasses, his attire and the compact camera are consistent with what a mountaineer would have used in the 1940s. Sorry, no time travelers here!

  • Scott

    It’s The Doctor, obviously!

  • James Urbaniak

    According to Wikipedia, the first T shirts with logos were produced in the 1950s…

    Here’s Buddy Ebsen in a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt in 1936: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxjEqgNIFqI

  • Dom

    If you look at has left cheek, the bottom edge of his sunglasses bleeds into his cheek, too much rubber stamp perhaps?

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  • VKRSblameVTR

    Obviously he’s a cyborg and he’s covering up his mechanical eyes. And that device in his hand is probably his time traveling machine disguised as a 1940s camera.

  • Tom Ashmore

    Whether or not he’s from the future… I want those glasses.

  • Nigel

    What a great find! When I first saw this the guy “popped out” as anachronistic, but once I’d Googled and found the original I began to waver.

    The photo was still listed as “1941″ when I saw it. Interestingly someone elsewhere has posted a photo taken from behind these spectators and it does indeed seem to show a very tall man in the same position with roughly the same hair outline. Not exactly conclusive but certainly compelling.

    It’s worth pointing out that we make observational snap-judgements quickly as part of our inherited survival programming. But if we have to time to take everything in and consider carefully, we can sometimes change our minds. For example here I’d have to ask why no-one was looking at this man if he was so unusual? True his clothing is markedly different from those around him but was available in the era.

    Of course he could be a photoshop fake but if so, why is this original print in the Bralorne Pioneer collection?

  • Andre

    actually he’s not coming from the future. and the proof 1 is the Glasses that are used actually been there in the 1940s. And once used by the artist Barbara Stanwyck in “Double Indemnity” in 1994.
    proof 2 is the Clothing that looks modern in the photo had actually been there and can be found at 70 years ago, and used as a style of fashion today. If you look carefully will see that in fact the person is wearing a very reasonable at that time. He uses knitted sweaters and shirts in it.
    proof 3 is the Portable camera. This actually a type of Folding Pocket Kodak model, which has existed in the early 20th century.

  • enigma

    Definitely a time traveler.

    C Beanie

  • Russell Hughes

    It would be interesting to know what fashions were available to North American youth of that period,can other examples be provided of similar dress and accessories of that era by anyone with photo’s or motion picture on this site however contemporary to both sides of the Atlantic, bearing in mind there was a war ongoing in Europe and was canada’s involvement commited by then and if so why was this person not serving in the forces, also what resources were available to the fashion industry in wartime. I myself can only speculate the gent is potentially a student/beatnick type possibly touring the area or visiting friends/family and might have been known to the residents.In my ignorance I thought that,that sort of clothing started surfacing from the mid-fifties onwards and very surprised to see how casual looking the costume is for the forties.With regard to Nigel 17/10/10, I notice a young lady from the gentlemans right looking in his direction appearing to be in view and aware of his presence or was it because of what looks like a camera he might have been possibly holding?For me in my opinion it is intriguing that these anomolies have been discovered plausible reasons or otherwise like this and that of “the Circus” extras footage. Is there any more questionable gems of this nature out there,if so and that the phenomena of timetravel becomes a more of a factor in consideration, apart from subject matter what of the persons in the footage can they or anyone else featured at the time be able(if still living) to give an account as to why his attire was necessary.Should this person have timetraveled to this time resonance and is viewing this info how does he feel about being sussed. Penny for your thoughts.

  • marty

    Never mind the time-traveller, what about Wicked Witch of the West in there?

  • Danny

    hahaha…funny that people assume this guy is photoshopped in simply because he’s not dressed in a hat, collared shirt and suit jacket. People dressed like this back then. It’s not fake, it’s from a museum.
    I guess since the past is portrayed as looking and dressing a certain way in movies that must be the case, right?
    Oh look! Here’s a guy in raver pants from the 1920′s! http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_y1AaCCgGLDs/S3xL0ZB6ioI/AAAAAAAADw0/87yOd2TJFEc/s640/Oxford+bags+002.jpg
    Oh wait, they’re just Oxford Bags.

  • JDJarvis

    The “time traveller” is wearing a letter man shirt (probably college athlete or poser), he’s not wearing a hat and is wearing driving glasses because he probably was cruising around in a convertible (He’s definelty got convertible wind-swept hair),

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  • gary

    its a clear fake

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