​Jay-Z Look-Alike From 1939 Prompts Time Travel Jokes

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May 16, 2013
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A 1939 photo of a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to Jay-Z is either a relative or a look-alike from the past. It has also sparked jokes that the rapper is a time-traveler.

The photo, which was taken in Harlem in 1939 by Sid Grossman, was found by the Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture at the New York Public Library last week and uploaded to Reddit.

The resemblance between the two men is quite remarkable, but Jay-Z isn’t the only celebrity who has an ancient doppelganger.

Rumors that Nicolas Cage might be far older than 49 years old, as he claims, started back in 2011 when an old photo of a Tennessee man from the Civil War era was posted for auction on eBay.

When Cage was asked about the photo, he told David Letterman that he thought it looked like a “slowed down version” of himself, and went on to deny rumors that he’s a vampire.

Though Cage made a good argument by explaining that folklore states a vampire’s photo can’t be taken, many wondered if he was just trying to throw everyone off his track after a painting of the Virgin Mary, which also looked a heck of a lot like Cage emerged last year.

And while Anne Hathaway hasn’t been accused of being a vampire like Cage, her ancient look-alike can be found on the walls at the Frick Collection in New York. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes’ painting titled “An Officer” bears an eerie resemblence to the Oscar-winning actress.

Some experts believe that everyone has a twin, past or present.