Some conspiracy fans have found something odd in a 1930s mural depicting a scene from 17th-century colonial America, which they consider to be evidence of time travel. The 1937 painting Mr Pynchon And The Settling Of Springfield by Umberto Romano shows William Pynchon, a British colonist and fur trader. Known for founding the city of Springfield, Massachusetts in 1636, Pinchon is described as trading with the Native Americans who lived in the area at the time.

If you look closely at the picture, you can see that a man is looking at a rectangular object in his right hand. Surprisingly, the object resembled a smartphone. The man in the picture is holding things like 21st century people holding smartphones and scrolling down with their thumbs. This mural is one of six in the Springfield Main Post Office and has not changed since it was originally painted in 1937. Artist Romano died in 1982.

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Some believe that these murals are evidence that time travelers have brought modern technology back to the past. However, there are others who say that the object may be a mirror, very commonly traded in 17th century New England.

If you look closely at the picture, you can see that a man is looking at a rectangular object resembling a smartphone in his right hand (US Postal Service)One user tweeted, “It’s a mirror. But it’s a great example of how our minds project meanings that don’t exist,” he wrote on Twitter. “His problem is that this painting is from the early 1800s, it was very rare to have a personal mirror, and for a number of reasons, very few Native Americans own mirrors. The shape is not oval or round, but a more general type, and finally his thumb position.”

“Is it an iPhone?” One user asked a question, and another said, “Obviously I’m a time traveler.” One netizen wrote, “Isn’t it an accounting tablet sitting on the grain?”

Another painting from the 1860s, which has recently puzzled viewers, shows a woman holding what appears to be an iPhone. This painting shows a woman holding an object in her hands and looking at it as she walks on a country road in The Expected One by Ferdinand George Waldmüller.

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller's 1860 painting 'The Expected One' drew attention when it showed a woman believed to be holding an iPhone (Hajotthu/Wikimedia Commons)
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller’s 1860 painting ‘The Expected One’ drew attention when it showed a woman believed to be holding an iPhone (Hajotthu/Wikimedia Commons)

However, experts believe there is a more reliable explanation. Peter Russell, who made the observation that sparked the conspiracy, said, “The most shocking thing is how much the change in technology has changed the interpretation of a painting, and in a way it has taken advantage of the whole context.” “The biggest change would have been in 1850 or 1860, when all viewers identified the girl’s preoccupation with a hymn or a prayer book. Today, no one could not help but see the resemblance of a teenage girl raving about. On social media on your smartphone.”

There were other times when the technique was believed to have been found in old paintings. Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed to have found an iPhone in a 350-year-old painting when he visited a museum in Amsterdam. The painting depicts a man holding a rectangular object resembling an iPhone and a woman, child and dog who are interested in the object. “I always thought I knew when the iPhone was invented,” Cook said at the time, “but now I’m not sure anymore.” The first iPhone was released in 2007.

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