1. THE CIRCUS (1928; DIR. CHARLIE CHAPLIN).
The following footage — a special feature taken from the DVD version of Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 silent film The Circus — is of the premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. It shows two people walking across the screen, one of whom appears to be holding a mobile phone to her ear.
2. A SPECTATOR WITH A CAMERA PHONE AT A MIKE TYSON FIGHT (1995).
In 1995, Mike Tyson — who was taking the ring for the first time in four years — fought Peter McNeeley in Las Vegas, Nevada. In one of the foremost rows, a spectator can be seen holding what looks like a smartphone equipped with a camera. However, the first camera phone was sold in 2000.
3. A FACTORY WORKER USING A MOBILE PHONE (1938).
In the following clip, which is claimed to have been filmed in 1938 at a factory owned by US industrial conglomerate DuPont, a crowd of workers can be seen exiting the factory while wearing stylish 1930s clothes; one of these workers, a female, is seemingly laughing and talking into a mobile phone.
4. A HIPSTER ATTENDING THE REOPENING OF THE SOUTH FORK BRIDGE (1941).
In the photo, which appeared on the Virtual Museum of Canada’s website and shows the reopening of the South Fork Bridge, British Columbia, one individual — a man with modern attire, stylish sunglasses, and a branded t-shirt — stands out from the crowd. The photo is of genuine authenticity; the debate surrounds whether the man was way ahead of his time when it came to dressing.