This is a video that’s been spreading like wildfire over the ‘net in the last 24 hours, and even Roger Ebert posted it to his blog. What you see below is a clip from the special features on the Charlie Chaplin “The Circus” DVD that shows archival footage of the film’s 1928 premiere in Hollywood. In the footage you can see what appears to be a woman walking down the street and talking into a cell phone.
Now this was 1928 and small AM/FM radios wouldn’t exist for another twenty five years or so. And from the zoomed in footage in slow motion you can see that she’s gripping some kind of square object. Is this a cell phone from the future being used in 1928? Scroll past the video for the truth.
Nope. It’s a Western Electric Model 34A “Audiphone” Carbon Hearing Aid. Here’s a picture of it: