The Fascinating World of Time Capsules

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Century Safe time Capsule

On the 100th anniversary of the United States of America, New York magazine publisher Anna Deihm put together one of the first-known time capsules in the country. In it were some mementos like a gold fountain pen, a book on temperance, and snapshots of the President of the time, Ulysses S. Grant.

The capsule was stowed away at the U.S. Capitol, and it was almost forgotten. Luckily, it was accidentally discovered shortly before it was time to open it in 1976. After being sealed in 1879, the purple velvet-lined safe was taken to the U.S. Capitol and eventually left to languish under the East Portico. Though nearly forgotten, it was later rediscovered, restored and unlocked on schedule in July 1976 during the nation’s bicentennial festivities. The contents of the roughly five-foot-tall safe included photographs taken by photographer Mathew Brady and autographs of public figures, a gold pen and inkstand and a book on temperance.