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Thinking outside the box

The concept of a time capsule is to capture a time, a moment, a memory, and pass it on to a new generation. There are capsules being discovered regularly all over the world, and the contents never cease to amaze the internet.

The safety of your belongings is paramount to us, and we understand the need to keep items you can’t bear to part with, even though you might not need them. We love the fact that people part with precious belongings to help the future understand the past. Here we look into some time capsules that have been discovered and their contents, and also ones that are still waiting to be found.

We wonder if there’s one waiting to be discovered in a Big Yellow store…

The 220 year old Boston time capsule
Earlier this year, a museum conservator lifted the lid to a time capsule that had been laid underneath Boston’s State House by revolutionary war heroes Sam Adams and Paul Revere In 1795.

Inside, they found two dozen coins including a 1652 Pine Tree Shilling struck by colonists in defiance of England, a bronze medal portraying George Washington, a silver plate made by Revere, and colonial records and newspapers. All of which are now on display Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Boston Time Capsule

Time Capsule Expo 1970
Back in 1968, two identical time capsules were buried, in a joint project between two Japanese companies. The lower capsule will remain buried for 5,000 years, while the upper capsule will be opened every 100 years so the latest preservation techniques can be used to ensure the items are kept in prime condition.

The 2,090 items in the capsule were chosen by a team of scientists, engineers, and historians that reflected everyday life in 1970. Other items include a silk condom, false teeth, a glass eye, insects encased in resin, an origami instruction book, handcuffs and counterfeit money.
Japan Times Capsule

A lost time capsule is found on Facebook
In a story that truly links the new with the old, a family was reunited with a whole bunch of precious keepsakes left behind by their grandad. Nottingham City Council found a box full with letters and photographs, but the house addressed on the letters had been flattened. The finder posted photos on Facebook, with the message: “Hi all, found this box full of memories today buried in bushes on a park.” It was shared over 1,000 times before someone recognised a photograph, and tagged the family, therefore connecting them with this capsule.

The family were aware of this container full of childhood holiday memories and war love letters to their mum, but could never find it. He’d hinted that he wanted it to be a time capsule for someone to find in the future.
Facebook Time Capsule

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