Saturday, July 27, 2013

Reader Poll - What Would You Put in a Time Capsule?

Ellery Adams

I read an article in our local paper about a time capsule discovered near the foundation stone of a church here in Richmond. No one knew the capsule was there and it was only found because the church was undergoing renovations.

Needless to say, I was fascinated by the contents of the capsule and as I read the article, I started thinking of a plotline for a future Books By the Bay mystery. In any case, I could use your help because I was wondering what things people would be passionate about including in a time capsule.

There's limited space in a capsule, so what would you put inside to show the people of the future what our lives were like? I thought of a few obvious things like a piece of technology (like a smartphone), examples of our money, a photo of what people look like (and what we wore), and a newspaper.

Any other ideas of things people might have put in a capsule 100 years ago?


Lynda said...

I was thinking about time capsules recently and I originally thought about a smartphone. If it was still able to start up, you could include pictures, videos, texts, etc. that could be really fun for someone to find. The only problem is that after 50-100 years, I doubt it would be more than just a big paperweight. But who knows, maybe by then they would have technology that could retrieve the info from it.

ANNETTE said...

I wish there were a way to insure that our music would be able to be played in the future....but then we would all argue over what music to include.

Lori Cimino said...

I have kept journals for years that I hope my someday great x4 grandchild will find interesting. I write about every day life, major events that affect us all, different types of lists, menus slipped between pages, purchase with description and prices. I know I would find it very interesting to read something like that. This is what I would put in.

Rachelle21 said...

Since technology was different - newspaper, magazine, joural or diary, photos would be available. Perhaps a sample of clothing or new fabric or whatever the latest invention was at the time. Perhaps a Sears catolog as they were used for many things.

Aurian said...

That is fun. I think I would put lots of pictures in it, of people and ordinairy things.