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~ Saturday, January 15, 2005

The Westinghouse Time Capsule was developed and hidden as part of the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was designed to be opened in 5000 years' time and to give the future world an idea of life in mid-20th century America. It contains a great many items and samples, some of the more unusual are listed below:

Padlock and keys (The Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company)
Tooth powder in small container
Boy's toy - a mechanical, spring propelled automobile
Girl's toy - a small doll
Mickey Mouse child's cup of plastic material
Woman's hat, style of Autumn, 1938
Rhinestone clip (purchased at Woolworth's)
Tobacco pouch, closed with zipper (Alfred Dunhill of London)
Golf tee
Poker chips
Rayon swatches
Artificial cellulose sponge
Asbestos shingle (furnished by Johns-Manville)
Beetleware - a specimen of urea plastic
Fable of the North Wind and the Sun in 20 Languages
The Lord's Prayer in 300 Languages
Photograph of press that makes automobile tops out of cold steel
"Persistence of Memory" -- Salvador Dali
The Flat-Foot Floogee, by Slim Gaillard, Slam Stewart and Bud Green
Photograph of Arturo Toscanini,conducting a symphony orchestra.
Photograph of diners dancing to the accompaniment of an orchestra in
a famous New York nightclub
"Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
Standard Bridge Rules: R.H. Macy & Co., New York, 1938
Typical poker scene
Spalding's Rules of Golf
True Confessions, October 1938
Knerr's "Dinglehoofer & His dog" and "The Katzenjammer Kids", King Features
Swedish Air Lines Timetable, Mar. 27-Oct. 1, 1938
Smoke rising from explosions off in distance (newsreel)
Two girls in long beach coats opened to reveal bathing suits, wearing
enormous straw hats (newsreel)
Sports float with Babe Ruth, baseball hero (newsreel)

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