‘Boy texting’ in 1911

Hans Peter Bovolden sent this image to How to be a Retronaut.  Over to Hans:

‘Yesterday Shorpy posted a picture of a Retronaut. The picture was taken in 1911, and clearly shows a boy texting’

Thank you to Shorpy

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17 comments to ‘Boy texting’ in 1911

  • Ray Scott

    Not only is he texting, but that looks like an iPhone 5! Clear proof of time-travelling? I think so!

  • Echo Of Angels

    Errr - if its’ the boy on the extreme right hand side, I’d say he’s more likely to be whittling a piece of wood…

  • E.Oort

    Or is he counting his money, Or he looks at his marbles….

  • Jacqui

    I would say it looks more like he is rolling tobacco…

  • Dan

    Doesn’t look like he is texting. Plus, who would he be texting in the past? No cell towers, etc.

    He is looking at his pocket watch.

  • PeterJ

    My first impression was that he was rolling a cigarette. In a flashy, one-handed manner too; I used to know people who did that.

  • David

    Forget the texting, he’s a Wolf Man!

  • Robbo B

    It’s well known that the iPhone 5 will have a time travel app.

  • Ray Martin

    He’s clearly trying to get hold of that old lady in the Charlie Chaplin video.

  • Andrew

    Errr…am I missing something? It doesn’t even look like he has a face?

  • Katie

    …………but what’s wrong with HIS FACE?!!!

  • Spike

    The key word is he’s TRYING to Text, but he has AT&T and he keeps getting dropped.

  • Jerry

    why hasnt anyone enhanced

  • Jaded Cynic

    Seriously, either one-hand cig-rolling, or checking a pocket watch.

    And anyone calling this MIDDLE-AGED BLACK MAN a “boy” is gonna get strangled with their white robes…

    Check the full-size pic from the original source:


  • Temporal Anomaly

    checking the time on his pocket watch?

  • Chandler

    He’s not texting, he’s clearly playing Words With Friends.

  • Cochilion

    I clearly see the iphone in his hand, i can’t believe you guys are so exceptic about it. And i have the app “Time Travel Beta” for iphone, and its great.

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