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"Time traveler" revealed in 1917 picture

By June 22, 2013

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Is there evidence for time travel in photos that seem to show out-of-place people and things? The latest picture submitted as possible proof for time travel is this 1917 photo found in the book The Cape Scott Story, published in 1974. The figure in question is a young man, referred to by some as a surfer-looking dude, who looks not only out of place but also as if he suddenly dropped in the spot by the way surrounding people are reacting to him. Are you convinced, just intrigued, or figure there must be a logical explanation?

Here are some other time travel claims:


June 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm
(1) David Powell says:

If not photoshopped, it may just be because he is the one guy there without a hat. People look like people….

June 23, 2013 at 12:01 am
(2) Jim says:

Their attention may be drawn to him because he appears to have been the focal point of the picture, meaning that the camera operator was perceived, by the others in the photo, to have been photographing this man specifically. Also, notice the similarity of the cut of shorts that both the “time-traveler” and the man to his left are both wearing. This man is of that period, its just a quirky photo that quacks latch on to.

June 23, 2013 at 1:47 am
(3) FourChan says:

I would have to disagree, even with the look of this photo there are a lot of weird things on it. The woman pointing out of the blue would be one thing, and if the photographs main focal point was the guy in the shirt and shorts then they would be in the center of the photo, it wouldn’t of been a large panoramic view of a whole group of people. You take a look and there’s only a focus on the guy from like two people, the guy to the left and guy to the back right. Which means this was unexpected because if you are going to pose for a photo you’d look straight ahead. Now what gets me is the blur on the left guys face, his nose etc are all blurred because when this photo was taking his head was in motion looking towards the guy sitting there or appearing there. I would agree that this guy looks the role of the period but something grabs at me and that is the shirt he’s wearing. Even with the pix-elation of the photograph the t-shirt and shorts don’t look that period. You can see the pockets on the side of the shorts to the right where it’s bulging out from sitting, and you can tell that the shirt is sewn more modern than the guys to the left. Plus if you are posing for a group photo, why would you end up sitting on someones lap? There would be more than enough time to find an appropriate seat. Now though in order to investigate this more there would have to be photos of this group before and after.

June 23, 2013 at 9:59 am
(4) Frank says:

look behind the kid. he is sitting on someone. this is photoshop.

June 23, 2013 at 11:43 am
(5) Howard says:

If this photo does indeed appear in exactly this form in a book from 1974, it is not Photoshop, even though it could be faked. For example, this could be some sort of cast photo from a movie about the old west, with either one character out of costume or maybe a stagehand appearing in the photo.

It appears that the photo has been cropped to show the “area of interest”. It would be good to see the whole picture.

June 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm
(6) paranormal says:

Howard – click the link to see the larger picture: http://topinfopost.com/2013/06/17/time-traveler-revealed

June 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm
(7) Edward says:

This photo looks manipulated the guy looks faked. A layer that was introduced to the photograph with the use of Photoshop.

June 24, 2013 at 11:15 am
(8) Donna says:

I agree with Jim, the guy on the left has on the same type of shorts. For all we know, the people in the photo are looking at this kid because he just ran up to join in for the photo!!

There are too many people around now who are willing to believe anything!!

June 24, 2013 at 11:17 am
(9) Tiffany says:

I agree with FourChan. Even though other men are wearing shorts, this guy is the only one in what appears to be a t-shirt. Everyone else is dressed up… even the children. The two men on either side are looking at him, reacting to him if you will, while the rest of the people (aside from the woman pointing in his direction with shock on her face) are looking straight forward towards the camera.

I don’t know if he’s a time traveler, but it’s very odd to say the least.

June 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm
(10) paranormal says:

Here’s my opinion. He’s not a time traveler nor is this picture Photoshopped. He is wearing the same type of shorts as others in the picture, so he is of that time. My first impression as to why everyone might be looking at him or reacting to him that way is that he might have slipped and fallen into this position, or rushed into the scene for the photograph. And I don’t think he’s sitting on anyone; I think the person behind him is sitting well behind him.

June 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm
(11) El Supercabras says:

One thing I do wonder about, though, it the t-shirt. T-shirts were invented for soldiers during WWII. Wearing them only became popular after veterans returned and began using them as street wear. I am not aware of the existence of t-shirts prior to WWII.

June 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm
(12) Mandy says:

I think he stands out because he looks slightly out of proportion to those around him. Also, is his right hand on top of the other guy’s? Maybe that’s why he’s looking at him funny.

June 24, 2013 at 5:57 pm
(13) Nancy says:

The young man is wearing a bath suit of that time not shorts. The child to the left looks like he has no shirt and they are probably sitting on a rocky beach area.

June 25, 2013 at 8:42 am
(14) sensitive.md says:

Don’t believe photo is photo shopped. It also neither shows nor proves the existence of time travel or a time traveler.
While a majority of the people are dressed a little more formally, everyone in the picture is wearing clothing appropriate for the time period and location of the photo. The young man isn’t out of place if he has been swimming. I might think otherwise if he were the only one dressed as he is, but the older man next to him is wearing the same type of swimming trunks, and the smaller boy is wearing something similar but in a different color. All three have clearly been in the water. I don’t think the young man is wearing a t-shirt at all. It looks like a short-sleeve, collarless, button down shirt which is entirely appropriate for the period. But even if it is a t-shirt it wouldn’t change the appropriateness and authenticity of the photo. T-shirts first appeared during the Spanish American War, not WWII as one commenter suggested. They were issued to USN and USMC personnel. By 1917, they were already quite popular. Adult men’s t-shirts during WWI were indeed plain white cotton; however, boy’s and young men’s t-shirts were made in a wide variety of colors. The young man isn’t sitting on someone. He is sitting on a rock. Look at his hands. They are clearly supporting his weight and are clasped on the rocky terrain that he is sitting on. There are two people behind him. The man on his left is reclined and his legs can clearly be seen stretched out towards the young man. This man’s legs are bent at the knees so that he avoids touching the young man in front of him. The older person behind and on the young man’s right, and who is partially obstructed by him, is sitting up with his/her legs outstretched. This person’s lower legs are crossed over each other at the ankles and are actually under the arch formed by the young man’s right arm. The young man’s right forearm may actually be touching this person.

June 25, 2013 at 9:06 am
(15) Howard says:

I like the suggestion that someone traveled back in time with Photoshop (and a computer that could run Photoshop) to 1974 in order to fake a photo so that it looks like evidence of time travel.

June 30, 2013 at 11:54 am
(16) A. Rud says:

If it was published in a book in 1974, Photoshop did not exist; however, it could have been a cut-and-paste by hand effort. Seems to be the only explanation to me.

June 30, 2013 at 11:55 am
(17) A. Rud says:

If this was in a book published in 1974, Photoshop did not exist; however, it could have been a cut-and-past by hand effort by the author. Seems to be the simple logical explanation.

July 18, 2013 at 6:31 am
(18) The Doctor says:

Give me back my photo

August 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm
(19) xXBigUpXx says:

With all the computer technology out here, I don’t believe a photo anymore. Thanks photoshop and computers!!!

August 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm
(20) Peter Lunk says:

I know that man in present time !!!

His name is ‘Ronald E.M. Kreeft’
He lives on a different level then us…

But I din’t know he was capable of this …
I was amazed to find his pic here…

My post about this on Facebook:

August 27, 2013 at 3:05 am
(21) Chris says:

I guess my main question would be what is so interesting at that place and time that anyone would go through the incredible trouble of space-time travel to go into the past and have to be there (assuming time travel is even possible its unlikely that the technology would ever be easily accessible to the masses. What’s more plausible, the guy just doesn’t look what your expectations demand so he’s a time traveler? Or is it more plausible that you possibly don’t know about history as much as you think you do when stating that he isn’t dressed for the period (there’s nothing abnormal about the way he looks for that period if you want to call 80 years ago an ancient era). Furthermore other men in the picture have one or more of the articles of clothing mentioned as being futuristic. They all just have hats on so you can’t see their haircut and facial hair looks more prevalent at among the other men but WWI had been going for a couple years by that point and facial hair was becoming less acceptable due to gas warfare and needing a tight seal for a gas mask.

September 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm
(22) Stephen says:

The T-shirt evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century, through cutting the one-piece “union suit” underwear into separate top and bottom garments, with the top long enough to tuck under the waistband of the bottoms. T-shirts, with and without buttons, were adopted by miners and stevedores during the late 19th century as a convenient covering for hot environments.


September 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm
(23) Stephen says:

The T-shirt evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century, through cutting the one-piece “union suit” underwear into separate top and bottom garments, with the top long enough to tuck under the waistband of the bottoms. T-shirts, with and without buttons, were adopted by miners and stevedores during the late 19th century as a convenient covering for hot environments.

September 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm
(24) Jeremy Keller says:

Just how authentic is this photograph? Couldn’t this really be just a funny hoax? Are you sure this man isn’t superimposed in the photograph?

As yet I’ve found no conclusive evidence to suggest that travelling in the opposite direction in the 4th dimension is a possibility. If it isn’t then, having watched Back to the Future, maybe it’s just as well. Well, as I would like our solar system to be thoroughly explored, not only would I like to travel the other way in the 4th dimension but I would also like to do some more travelling in the other 3.

I am featured on the BBC website and anxious to bring my weblinks to everyone’s attention. By visiting Google and typing in JEREMY KELLER you should see both JEREMY KELLER BBC and JEREMY KELLER FLYING CAR appear on the screen.

December 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm
(25) Scott says:

So if my math is right this photo is from like 96 years ago?
And it was published in this book in 1974? Do you know if this photo was published anywhere else?

December 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm
(26) Akkadian50001 says:

What about the silver band looking bracelet on right wrist?

January 14, 2014 at 1:24 am
(27) Adam says:

Here is a youtube video showing the photo in the book. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHgmIXF6k00 It zooms in CLOSE at 0:56.

January 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm
(28) Ronald says:

yes it’s me …

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