Time travel or illusion?

Amazing magician Jamie D. Grant, whose Send Wonder project I shared several months ago, sent this fairly dramatic video last night.

Jamie claims time travel is real and he can prove it. I'm certainly watching!



  1. I see nothing definitively ‘modern’ about this man.  He’s got longer, scruffy hair, a flat-necked t-shirt and shorts, all of which validly existed in 1917.  I think the tee is what is triggering Grant’s incredulity of the picture; and I don’t blame him, t-shirts weren’t common in those days.  The trouble is, they existed and existed enough that 3 years later, the term t-shirt was common enough to be merged into the english lexicon.

    1. “Now look closer. His head uncovered. His hair. His shorts. The man on the left stares in disbelief” while wearing the exact same shorts.

      I’m curious where Jamie’s going with this though since the fad for finding time travellers in old photos based on seemingly incongruous clothing died a few months back.

  2. Is boing boing doing free publicity for an upcoming film or suchlike? Worst “proof” for the week of anything.

  3. The man in the photo looks like he is dressed more like the children than the adults and appears to be somewhat unkempt.  Could it be that this “time traveler” is actually the intellectually disabled son of someone else who was there?

    1. But wouldn’t that in itself be definitive proof of time travel?  Disability did not exist in 1917 – back then the fellow would have been “feeble-minded.”

  4. The incredulous fellow is also wearing shorts. There’s a gentleman on the lower right of the photo with his head uncovered. There’s no evidence that this photo was undoctored in the book that it was found. There’s no evidence that this book and the story about finding it is actually true.

    Is this all it takes to get onto BB?

  5. “Jimmy, can you go find me every group photo from back in the early 20th where there’s at least one person looking surprised? Thanks. Yeah, it’s for a project. Oh – you’ve got photoshop, right?”

  6. Looks like surfer dood is holding the hand of mr incredulous so maybe that explains the look, y’know, being 1917 and all…

  7. a) this appears to be a viral for an upcoming movie

    b) the guy to the left has almost exact same outfit except for longer sleeves.

    c) people have very limited idea of what was or was not normal clothing in the past, probably because they base it all on movies.

  8. using a non-standard tuning and a grip of effects pedals, Thurston Moore’s guitar hit the resonant frequency of time and he slipped into a 1917 rubble field.

    1.  Totally looks like a 90’s Thurston. Funny thing is back in the mid-late 80’s when I first got into Sonic Youth, I always figured they were young, maybe five years or so older than me. Quite a shock to find that Thurston was older than I thought and Kim could be my mom if she were a teen mom.

      I felt the same way when I found out that Justin Zivojinovich is about a year and a half younger than I am.

  9. Look closer! Hasn’t anyone else noticed the golden laureates around the narrator’s words? That technology wasn’t invented until at least Sundance! And that level of self-importance was an innovation of the nouveau ‘Tommy Wiseau’ era. Even this ‘green screen’ and ‘shoop’ of our modern times. Yea, they were but a glimmer in monsieur Berton’s eye. I believe!

      1. Wait, you already ordered pizza? And skotchka? I’ll understand if you, you know, don’t want to talk about it. 

      1. I should clarify. Much like all those pre-teens I wooed using (‘holla’) free minutes on AOL 3.01, ima tell you: you should be wizard or STEP maw fig awl! Magic is real man. I can totally dunk. 

  10. Dear Sirs,

    I am a longtime reader of your publication and generally find the material presented to be of satisfactory veracity. Imagine my surprise as I tune in to your internet frequencies this afternoon, and find this unsightly nonsense thrust before my delicate senses!

    Why, it is clear from the outset that this is no solid proof of time travel at all! Such apparel as seen here was perfectly appropriate at the time, or else one might suspect the Photoshops, if one is familiar with the discrete units of colour depth used in the manipulation of such visual reproductions.

    I expect more from Boing Boing!

    Yours Sincerely,
    Disinhappinated from Chestershirington.

  11. If you visited me from the future –

    Then you would have pre-empted yourself.  As soon as I know you exist, you won’t. 

    If you had visited me from the past –

    I will have preempted you. The ‘you’ that didn’t know I existed will cease to exist. If I taught ‘you’ the cure for death – totally OTC here in the future – the ‘you’ that learned it would cease to exist. 

    Until we find the cure for death, we exist in the eventuality that DIDN’T. 

    But you chose to visit me from the future/past/whatever.

    So, yes, this is all your fault.

  12. Was anyone else expecting the image to be of the wife’s husband, i.e., of the man himself? With that lead in of “my wife and I were in a bookstore…” it seemed that was the way the story (and by story I mean fiction) was headed.

    1. My thought exactly. Describing Jamie D. Grant in the video caption as an “amazing magician” certainly suggests his direct involvement. What is magical about this?

  13. Find a copy of “The Cape Scott Story”, by Lester R. Peterson. See if it has the same picture. If not, it’s a shoop.

  14. Of course it’s time travel.  But he went back in time, murdered his own parents, and thus was never able to go back in time and murder his own parents, enabling him to go back in time and…

  15. These time travel pics have turned into the 21st century equivalent of someone’s grandpa trying to pull off the ‘Got your nose!’ trick on a teenager.

  16. Problem: A person is shown clearly in a photograph from 1917 with a hairstyle, posture, and clothes that are atypical of the time period in which the picture was taken.

    Obvious solution: The physical laws that govern our existence are wrong, cause can precede effect, and time travel is possible thus leading to the obvious conclusion that our mystery-man is a time traveller.Totally improbable solution: The picture is of a perfectly ordinary person wearing strange clothes and someone with absolutely no ability to reason logically about the physical world around them saw it.

    1. There aren’t any laws, only theories. And we’ve already seen effect preceding cause, haven’t we? Not endorsing this silly video, but sometime the defense of the LAWS is too strident.

  17. I bet that lady is blocking the view of some pretty sweet shoes and anyway you can totally see the reflection from the iPad 11 on his lap.

  18. He’s dressed almost exactly like the guy next to him except he’s not wearing a hat and has short sleeves?!?!!?  It’s time travel!!

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