The Fascinating World of Time Capsules


The Westinghouse Time Capsule

The Westinghouse Time Capsules are two, time capsules prepared by the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company: “Time Capsule I”, created for the 1939 New York World’s Fair; and “Time Capsule II”, created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Both are buried 50 feet below Flushing Meadows – Corona Park.

While the 1964 capsule contains objects categorized as articles in common use, atomic energy, scientific developments, space, or other; the 1939 capsule contains 10 already obsolete things. In the 1939 capsule there are also everyday items such as  Camel cigarettes and a plastic child’s cup featuring Mickey Mouse and a letter from physicist Albert Einstein, who praised the scientific progress of his age but also added that, “People living in different countries kill each other at irregular time intervals, so that also, for this reason, anyone who thinks about the future must live in fear and terror.”