Time capsules refer to everyday collections that are sealed and kept side for generations that come later on to open. They are used to send messages to the future and we have thousands of them scattered all over the world.
Here is a list of the most famous time capsules:
The 1876 Century Safe
Anna Deihm, New York magazine publisher, put together a “century safe” in Philadelphia at the U.S.A. Centennial Exposition. The box made of iron had 19th century stuff such as gold pen and inkstand, several American signatures, book on temperance and President Ulysses S. Grant snapshot as well as other politicians that photographer Mathew Brady took.
It was sealed in 1879 and taken to U.S. Capitol where it was left to languish under East Portico. It was about to get lost but was rediscovered, restored and unlocked in July 1976.
The Crypt of Civilization
Most time capsules only have letters or a few trinkets but the “Crypt of civilization” from Oglethorpe University depicts an attempt to keep intact all human knowledge for the prosperity of human kind. The university’s president, Thornwell Jacobs, came up with the project as he believed it could be of great help to future archeologists.
In 1937, he used a 20-by-10 underground chamber in the university as a museum for civilization in which he placed 640,000 pages of microfilmed books as well as religious texts, an early television, a beer container as well as various Lincoln Logs.
It was opened in May 1940 in a ceremony graced by Jacobs. He decreed that it be closed for 6,177 years. It will be opened in 8112 A.D.
The Westinghouse Time Capsules
The Westinghouse “time bomb” was a torpedo-shaped cylinder that was buried inside a 50 feet “immortal well.” The name was changed after the term “time capsules” was coined by Westinghouse publicist.
In 1965, a second capsule was found close to it and they will both be opened in 6939 A.D.
The contents of the time capsules are metals, a collection of seeds, newsreel and microfilm as well as everyday items such as a bikini, Beatles record, a pack of Camel cigarettes and a plastic of child’s cup that features Mickey Mouse.
The Detroit Century Box
In 1901, Mayor William C. Maybury sealed a copper time capsule and decreed that no one should touch it for 100 years. In December 2000, Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer opened the box. What he found was a dozen of letters that political leaders and city business persons wrote for the future generation.
The contents of the letters included descriptions of 1900 Detroit wonders as well as their imaginations of how the 21st century would be like.
Some of them were not so accurate. They speculated that Canada would be annexed or that Ontario would become a U.S. state.
In tomorrow’s article, we will continue to look at the other four famous time capsules in the world. Stay tuned to get informed more of the past.