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he notion of preserving one's time and place for the future began with the Egyptians. While the pyramids were created as vessels to the afterlife, they are also vessels to the future. Esarhaddon, King of Babylonia, Assyria and Egypt, buried inscriptions of not only his own conquests, but his entire civilization. Were it not for efforts like these on the part of the Egyptians we would know very little about their culture and way of life.

The modern time capsule took this idea a step further. It is an editorial exercise: How do we fit our history into a container the size of a shoebox? And furthermore, how do we ensure that the contents of the capsule remain intact across the centuries?

World's Fair
For the 1939 World's Fair, Westinghouse Electric wanted to create a time capsule that would preserve its contents for 5,000 years. A committee of historians, archeologists and scientists decided what objects should be placed inside the capsule. They chose many everyday objects that reflected life as it was in the 1930s. At noon on Sept. 23, 1938, the exact moment of the autumnal equinox, the time capsule was lowered into the immortal well. A second time capsule was created for the 1964 World's Fair, and its contents reflected the dramatic technological and social changes that had occurred since 1939.

ow you can leave your own mark on the future. Be a part of History. Bury a time capsule. What to include in your time capsule: photographs, newspapers, a crisp new dollar bill and some coins, a grocery receipt from your 1999 Christmas dinner, a new car brochure from the dealer including price, classroom photograph and some school history, predictions for the future, an expired drivers license, a copy of your family tree, a menu from your favorite restaurant, a watch, a paycheck stub, a TV guide, a stock certificate, and a bank account passbook with a $1 balance (it will be worth $1,000,000 in about 300 years).

Time Capsule
The Personal Time Capsule
The Personal Time Capsule Cylinder made of seamless, polished stainless steel with a snug-fitting lid (includes complete preservation kit and capsule sealant). Dimensions: 3 D x 11 H.

The Personal Time Capsule.
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