Did Time Travelers Leave Evidence In This 1930s Mural?

Posted by on August 26, 2017 ⋰ 9 Comments!
The painting "Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield" by Umberto Romano, 1937

I honestly don’t know what to do, anymore.

For years and years, I’ve warned about the dangers of reckless time travel. And does anyone listen? No, not at all. Irresponsible time traveling tourists are still leaving proof of their future technology in the past!

Just look at this: A mural made back in the 1930s appears to show a Native American holding what looks like a modern-day smartphone, his thumb just in the right position to send that latest text.

A Native American holds a curious object in his hands
Image: Umberto Romano/U.S. Postal Service

The mural was created in 1937 by Umberto Romano, and is titled “Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield.” According to Motherboard, who recently shared this curious anomaly, it can be found in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Office Building in Springfield, Massachusetts. It’s meant be an artistic representation of the settlers arriving to the area in the 1630s.

But that’s beyond the point. Now, we have yet another round of tabloids propagating yet another piece of time travel evidence – each piece bit by bit destroying the very fabric of space and time. The more we see, the more wibbly-wobbly things get.

How could the Italian painter Umberto Romano have known about the existence of smartphones so long before they were invented?

I’ll tell you how. And you already know, because it’s the same old story. Time tourists, yet again violating the number one rule of time travel: No cell phones.

Or, as at least one historian has posited, the object depicted in the mural could be a mirror or small book of some kind. They’re not fooling me, though.

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9 Replies to “Did Time Travelers Leave Evidence In This 1930s Mural?”

  1. Hi, Rob~Do you by any chance remember a post about what nuisances gnomes are and how hard it is to catch them? I just want to let you that that was me and I also wrote the time-traveler post below. As I recall, you were sort of nervous about that first one and I want to reassure you that this one is also is a joke 🙂

    1. Oh, don’t worry — I know you’re joking! I pretty much read every comment that’s posted here, but I don’t always reply because either I’m working on something else or I forget. They also sometimes get stuck in the moderation filter, so they might not publish right away.

      I 100% enjoy your comments, though!

  2. Hi,Rob ~ Ikr, and there’s something else they do that drives me crazy. You know how you misplace something and you’re searching for it for what seems like forever, looking everywhere multiple times, and finally there it is in one of the first places you looked in at least 20 times? Well, after much thought, I do believe I have this figured out: time-traveling assholes. For example, let’s say that there’s two assclowns in a bar in the future having a few cocktails and one of them says something like, “You’re full of shit! There never used to be any company called ‘Sony’. What kind of a stupid name is that? What does it even mean? So the other guy says, “I got 20 bucks (or whatever their currency is called) that says there was.” Second guy says,”You’re on!”
    First guy gets into his time machine and comes back to circa 2015 or so, grabs your cell phone, takes it back to show his buddy and collects his 20 bucks. And since it is one of the immutable laws of time travel, he has to return your item to you. Butterfly effect, you know. But of course, I could be wrong.

  3. It’s a bar of silver. He’s looking at it with an expression of confusion because he has no concept of why this is valuable to the settlers who are overtaking his land. Silver was highly coveted by Europeans at this time and smelting it into bars that look exactly like this was common.