Go into any public place in 2017 and you don’t need to look hard to see people with heads bowed and eyes glued to a smartphone screen.

But did they have iPhones in the 17th century?

Or what about 1937?

That’s the date the mural shown above was installed in the post office of the town of Springfield in Massachusetts, US.

Named Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield , it was created by an Italian artist named Umberto Romano and depicts the arrival of settlers to the town in the 1620s.

Amongst the scene is a Native American local holding up a small, black rectangular object and looking directly at it.