This week's pic has been getting a lot of buzz around the Net. It's a seemingly innocuous photo taken at the re-opening of a bridge in 1940. The only reason it's gotten any attention is because of the guy on the middle right, wearing sunglasses. Once you notice him, he sticks out like a sore thumb. Some people have claimed that his outfit didn't exist in the 1940's - a logo shirt, portable camera, and sunglasses? He must be a time traveler!
Well, as cool an idea as that is, it's not quite accurate. forgetomori.com has a good breakdown of why the outfit Hipster Time Guy is wearing could certainly exist in 1940. Let's review the highlights:
- First and foremost, we have to remember that this is 1940, not the 1800's. Portable cameras, sunglasses, and shirts with logos on them did exist.
- The "sunglasses" are not actually sunglasses at all. Note the way they wrap around the head. That's because they were needed for protection. The "sunglasses" look like safety glasses used in welding. Very common at the time, especially for an area under construction.
- The "logo T-shirt" is not actually a T-shirt at all, but most likely a sweater with the logo for the Montreal Maroons, a hockey team that folded in 1938. That's just two years before this picture was taken, so it's reasonable that someone might be wearing it in 1940.
- The portable camera that couldn't possibly have existed in 1940? It resembles a Kodak Brownie camera, first released in 1900. To the right, we have a pic of the model used in 1940. Look familiar?
- Even with all this, there's still the possibility that the photo is doctored. But image analysis seems to dispute this.
What do you think? Is this a real time traveler or is it another Net meme?