Woman in 1860 painting depicts a time traveler using her iPhone

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And people don’t believe in progress.

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“Dammit, why don’t I get good reception out here in the forest, in the 19th century?”

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Maybe it IS an iPhone and she’s got a Bible app ?

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Charging would be tough, back then before electricity.

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This looks like one of the those paintings that the Toast used to feature; “Woman accosted by stalker.”

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And don’t forget they only had USB 1.0 back then, so you couldn’t even pull power from your other devices.

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If she’s playing Flappy Bird, then we know she’s a time traveler from the past.

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The reflected light on her face really pulls that together.

Which is the expected one?

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Were it a cellphone then the presumptive (foreground) suitor would’ve already been summarily dispatched/swiped via Tinder, OKCupid, Bumble, Happn, Smursh, Blatt, Snoggg, Zaggoooo, Blizzblazzz…

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Too early. None of that techie stuff took off until rather later.

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unless the time traveler brought a cell tower with her she better go on to church to pray for 4 bars.

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Their receivers are thoroughly grounded but beware lightning strikes. Although I recall a circa 1770 fad of wearing grounded lightning rods on high headgear. What a way to spark conversations!

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iPhone 12? Pshaw. That’s an iPhone 499.

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While Herr Gutenberg’s printing-prefs is a marvel of our times, yet I for one am sick of yon perfons which attend their prayer-books instead of the by-way ahead of them. If thou canft not look where thou art bound, thou hadft better hope thy prayer-book may unwrap thee from the axle of the speeding hay-wain which is surely thy deftination.

Afs-holes.

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Back when Blackberry was the business phone of choice there was the “Blackberry Prayer” where people were responding to email below the level of the table instead of paying attention to the meeting.

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“OMG, Hanna, he’s there again! It’s a pink rose this time. :nauseated_face:

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see: Aristotle and the Gun

The graphic novel?

There’s a graphic novel? No, I was thinking of L. Sprague’s short story.