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The contents of the 1939
Westinghouse capsule made for an impressive list. There were the
usual sort of things one expects for a time capsule: a watch, fountain
pen, lady's hat, child's Mickey Mouse cup, deck of cards, money, etc.
But there were also things that are surprising at first glance:
swatches of cloth; seeds; samples of alloys; articles on economics,
politics, philosophy, and chemistry; pieces of industrial machinery;
and even a news reel. This was clearly not some gimmicky shot at
time capsule making; this was a serious attempt to provide a clear
description of the civilisation of 1939. And it wasn't being
done just to give 70th century archaeologists a leg up.
It was 1939's calling card to the future from the pivot point of
Two actual books were included in capsule.
One is the Book
of the Record. It is telling that the other was the Holy
Bible. Today, such an inclusion would be fraught with
controversy, but in 1939 leaving it out would have been not just
unthinkable, but ridiculous. It's a point that probably says
more about us than it does about them.
The 1964 Westinghouse capsule was a much more
modest affair; more of a yearbook of the '39 capsule rather than an
attempt to duplicate or surpass it. The '64 capsule's
collection was an attempt to demonstrate the
changes that had occurred since 1939. There was a Polaroid
camera, a transistor radio, satellite parts, and more microfilm
articles. However, this version wasn't quite as focused on the
70th century as the 20th and the contemporary
audience was very much in mind. Along with a
Bible, the capsule held a copy of '64 World's Fair guide book, as well
as a Beatles record, a bikini, and credit cards.
Not exactly what you would call earth-shattering
developments. Okay, there was some stuff from the new fields of
atomic energy and space flight, but one still comes away with the
impression that this was a capsule being put together by a people
whose hearts just weren't in it anymore.
Sci-Fi for the Ages
This issue of Amazing Stories, in microfilm form,
was included in the 1939 time capsule. The editors were tickled
It is interesting to note that only five of the so-called
"pulp" magazines and twenty of the "slicks" were included by this
committee. Therefore AMAZING STORIES feels quite honored to know
that it is one of the representative five, best suited to convey a
cross-section of what we of today like to read.
A pity it had The Gland Superman as the cover story. I
understand that to make amends the publishers have earmarked a Ray Bradbury for the November 6939 issue.
Time Capsule Contents
I. ARTICLES OF COMMON USE
A. Contributing to Convenience, Comfort, Health, Safety
Eyeglasses, bifocals (Bausch & Lomb)
Fountain Pen (Waterman)
Mazda electric lamp (Westinghouse, 60 watt, 110
Mechanical pencil (Waterman)
Miniature camera (Eastman, Bantam K.A. special
Padlock and keys (The Yale & Towne Manufacturing
Silverware - knife, fork, spoon (Heirloom plate,
Grenoble pattern, by Wm. A. Rogers Ltd., Oneida Ltd. Successor)
Tape measure (Keuffel & Esser)
Tooth powder in small container
Transmitter and receiver of ordinary handset
Watch (small wrist watch for woman)
Westinghouse Sterilamp (bactericidal)
B. For the Pleasure, Use, and Education of Children
Boy's toy - a mechanical, spring propelled
Girl's toy - a small doll
Mickey-Mouse child's cup of plastic material
(Bryant Electric Company)
Set of alphabet blocks
C. Pertaining to the Grooming and Vanity of Women
Woman's hat, style of Autumn, 1938 (designed
specially by Lilly Dache')
Cosmetic make-up kit (Elizabeth Arden
Daytime-Cyclamen Color Harmony Box, including two miniature boxes of
face-powder, lipstick, rouge, eye shadow)
Rhinestone clip (purchased at Woolworth's)
D. Pertaining Principally to the Grooming, Vanity or Personal
Habits of Men
Container of tobacco
Electric razor and cord (Remington-Rand Close
Shaver with Westinghouse motor, General Shaver Corp.)
"Daughters of the Revolution" - Grant Wood
"Composition Black, White & Red" - Piet Mondrian
"Dr. Meyer-Hermann" - Otto Dix
Sculpture: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 20, pp.
Music: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 16, pp.
3-24 (with score)
Harmony: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 11, pp.
Finlandia, by Jean Sibelius
The Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Philip
The Flat-Foot Floogee, by Slim Gaillard, Slam
Steward and Bud Green
Photograph of Arturo Toscanini, one of our great
directors, conducting a symphony orchestra
Photograph of a string quartet
Phtograph of a vocal soloist accompanied by
orchestra, with audience in foreground
Photograph of diners dancing to the accompaniment
of an orchestra in a famous New York night club
Catalog of instruments, showing constructon,
range and how to manipulate
The Essay: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 8, pp.
Freud, Goethe, Wagner, by Thomas Mann: New York:
Alfred A. Knopf: 1937
The Short Story: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol.
20, pp. 580-583
Verse: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 23, pp.
The Novel: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 16, pp.
"Arrowsmith" by Sinclair Lewis: New York: Grosset
& Dunlap: 1925
"Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell: New
York: Macmillan: 1938
"The Theater" by George Jean Nathan:
Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 22, pp. 21-41
Best Plays (1936-1937) by Burns Mantle: New York:
Motion Pictures, by Terry Ramsaye: Encyclopaedia
Brittanica, Vol. 15, pp. 854-871
Music Hall Program for "You Can't Take It With
You", Sept. 1, 1938
Radio: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 23, pp.
The Story of Radio, by Orrin E. Dunlap, Jr.; New
York: Dial Press, 1935
A radio studio, National Broadcasting Company,
New York City
Radio Corporation of America Building,
Rockefeller Center, New York
Master switchboard of the National Broadcasting
Director of radio dramatic program, National
Radio broadcasting antenna
Radio actors "on the air"
Standard Bridge Rules: R.H. Macy & Co., New York,
Photo of a bridge tournament: Acme
Hoyle's Card Rules: R.H. Macy & Co., New York,
36th Edition, 1938
Typical poker scene: Acme
Spalding's Rules of Golf - 1938
Typical golf match: Acme
Spalding's Football Rules - 1938
Scene from football game
Spalding Baseball Rules - 1938
Scene from baseball game
D. How Information Is Disseminated Among Us
Saturday Evening Post, May 7, 1938
Collier's, Sept. 3, 1938
Ladies Home Journal, September 1938
Woman's Home Companion, September 1938
Vogue, September 1, 1938
McCall's, September 1938
Good Housekeeping, September 1938
Adventure, September 1938
Love Story, September 3, 1938
True Confessions, October 1938
Complete Western Book Magazine, September 1938
Detective Story Magazine, October 1938
Amazing Stories, October 1938
Weird Tales, September 1938
American Mercury, September 1938
Time, February 28, 1938
Newsweek, July 25, 1938
Reader's Digest, September 1938
Harper's Magazine, August 1938
The Atlantic Monthly, July 1938
Scientific American, September 1938
Life, May 23, 1938
Look, September 13, 1938
Your Life, September 1938
Fortune, February 1938
New Yorker, September 3, 1938
Introduction: A Magazine of the pre-halftone era
Leslie's Weekly, several issues
New York Herald Tribune, August 24, 1938
New York Times, August 19, 1938
New York World-Telegram, August 10, 1938
New York Sun, January 8, 1938 (complete final)
New York Post, September 6, 1938, Sports Extra
New York Journal American, July 14, 1938
New York Daily News, August 30, 1938
New York Mirror, August 29, 1938
Daily Worker, August 30, 1938
The Cartoon: Introduction
Batchelor's "In the Spring a Young Man's
Fancy..."; Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate, 1938
Talburt's "Land of the Rising or Setting Sun?"
New York World-Telegram Syndicate, 1938
Kirby's "Laughter for the Gods", New York
World-Telegram Syndicate, 1938
The "Funny Paper": Introductions
Caniff's "Terry & The Pirates"; Link's "Tiny
Tim"; and "Dill and Daffy"; Chicago Tribune: New York News
Syndicate, June 25, 1938
Willard's "Moon Mullins" and Branning's "Winnie
Winkle the Breadwinner," Chicago Tribune: New York News Syndicate,
June 25, 1938
Gray's "Little Orphan Annie" and Gould's "Dick
Tracy", Chicago Tribune: New York News Syndicate, June 25, 1938
King's "Gasoline Alley" and Edson's "The Gumps"
Chicago Trib: NY News Syndicate, June 25, 1938
Segar's "Sappo" and "Thimble Theater", King
Features, Sunday, Sept. 18, 1938
Knerr's "Dinglehoofer & His Dog" and "The
Katzenjammer Kids", King Features, Spte. 18, 1938
Disney's "Mother Pluto" and "Mickey Mouse", King
Features, Sept. 18, 1938
DeBeck's "Bunky" and "Barney Google", King
Features, Sept. 18, 1938
Cady's "Peter Rabbit"; New York Herald Tribune
Syndicate, Aug 7, 1938
Webster's "Timid Soul"; New York Herald Tribune
Syndicate, Sept. 4, 1938
Webster's "The Thrill that Comes Once in a
Lifetime": N.Y. Herald Tribune Syndicate, Aug. 27, 1938
Our Books: Introduction
Methods of Printing, by G. Leonard Gold
Design and Beauty in Printing, by Frederic W.
Goudy: Press of the Wooly Whale March 8, 1934
A History of the Printed Book, by Lawrence C.
Wroth: New York: Limited Editions Club, 1938
Color in Use: International Printing Ink Corp.,
Color as Light: International Printing Ink Corp.,
Color Chemistry: International Printing Ink
Corp., copyrighted 1935
E. Book of General Information About Us
A Book of general information about us:
The World Almanac for 1938
F. Our Religions and Philosphies
The World's Living Religions, by Robert Ernst
Hume: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936
A History of Philosophy, by Alfred Weber & Ralph
Barton Perry: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925
G. Our Education and Educational Systems
Education: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 7, pp.
All The Children: 39th Annual Report of the
Superintendent of Schools, New York City, School Year 1936-1937
H. Our Sciences and Techniques
Science: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 20, pp.
Scientific Methods: Encyclopaedia Britannica,
Vol. 20, pp. 127-133
The Story of Science, by David Dietz: Dodd, Mead:
The Smithsonian Physical Tables: Washington:
Smithsonian Institution, Publications 3171, 1934
Meteorology: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15,
Mathematics: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15,
Portraits of Eminent Mathematicians, by David
Eugene Smith: New York: Scripts Mathematica, portfolios 1 and 2
Telescopes: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15,
Microscopes: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15,
I. Our Earth, Its Features and Peoples
The World Atlas: New York: Rand McNally
Our Races: Introduction
The World's Races: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol.
2, pp. 41-50
Explanation of the Fundamental Triangulation net
of the United States (with map)
Methods of Surveying: Coast & Geodetic Survey
booklets, Nos. 502, 529, 562, 583, Spec. No. 23, Dept. of Commerce
Geology: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 10, pp.
Exploring Down, by Sherwin F. Kelly, reprint from
The Explosives Engineer, Sept.-Oct. 1935
The Earth: Chester A. Reeds, New York: The
University press, First Trade Edition 1935
J. Our Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry and Pharmacy
Frontiers of Medicine, by Dr. Morris Fishbein:
Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, June 1933
Men of Medicine: The March of Time, Issue No. 11,
Work of the United States Public Health Service,
Report of the Surgeon General of the United
States, June 30, 1937
Dentistry: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 7, pp.
1937 Year Book of Dentistry
United States Pharmacopaea
X-Ray and Fluoroscopy: catalogues of the
Westinghouse X-Ray Company
K. Our Industries
Explanation of Sears, Roebuck catalog
Sears, Roebuck catalog No. 177 - Philadelphia -
Fall & Winter 1938-39
Inventions and Discoveries: Encyclopaedia
Britannica, Vol. 12, pp. 545-547
Some basic inventions of modern times: United
States Patent Office
Industrial Revolution: Encyclopaedia Britannica,
Vol. 12, pp. 303-306
Industrial Relations: Encyclopaedia Britannica,
Vol. 12, pp. 293-303
Management's Responsibility to the Public: an
address by A.W. Robertson, Chairman of the Board of the Westinghouse
Electric & Manufacturing Company, Sept. 19, 1938 before 7th
International Management Congress
Law and Good Will in Industrial Relations: an
address by W.G. Marshall, vice-President of the Westinghouse
Electric & Manufacturing Co., before the Committee of One Hundred,
Miami, Fla., March 8, 1938
Westinghouse Industrial Realtions: a report for
The Electrical Industry: Introduction
Electricity: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 8,
Electric Generator: Encyclopaedia Britannica,
Vol. 8, pp 174-182
Electrical Power: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol.
8, pp. 144-174
Electric Motor: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol.
15, pp. 872-878
Electrical Engineering, Fiftieth Anniversary
A.I.E.E. 1884-1934, May 1934
A Life of George Westinghouse, by Henry G. Prout:
New York: Charles Scribner's; 1926
Portions of Westinghouse 1939 Catalogue
52nd Annual Report of the Westinghouse Electric &
Manufacturing Company, Dec. 31, 1937
Westinghouse Stockholders' Quarterly for August,
Photograph of welding the new office building at
the Westinghouse Transformer Works, Sharon, Pa.
"Putting in the Throw" on a 7500 kv-a.
synchronous condenser at the Westinghouse East Pittsburgh Works
Photograph of tightening a "steel spider" at the
Westinghouse East Pittsburgh Works
Photograph of assembling giant mill motors at the
Westinghouse East Pittsburgh Works
Photograph of Ignitron tubes in the Westinghouse
Photograph of testing a grid-glow tube in the
Westinghouse Research Laboratories.
Photograph of a lamp machine in the Westinghouse
Lamp Works, Bloomfield, N.J.
Photograph of bottom one-third of 800-foot
vertical antenna of Westinghouse radio station KDKA, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Photograph of a 1938 hostess inspecting complete
meal cooking in Westinghouse Automeal Roaster at Merchandise Works,
Agriculture: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1,
Agricultural Machinery and Implements:
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1, p. 370-378
A Graphic summary of Physical Features and Land
Utilization in the United States: Dept. of Agri., Misc. Publication
No. 20, May 1937
A Graphic Summary of Farm Tenure: Dept. of Agri.,
Misc. Pub. No. 261, Dec. 1936
A Graphic Summary of Farm Taxation: Dept. of Agri.,
Misc. Pub. No. 262, Feb. 1937
A Graphic Summary of the Value of Farm property:
Dept. of Agri., Misc. Pub. No. 263, July 1937
A Graphic Summary of Farm Machinery, Facilities,
Roads and Expenditures: Dept. of Agri., Misc. Pub. No. 264, July
A Graphic Summary of Farm Labor and Population:
Dept. of Agri., Misc. Pub. No. 265, Nov. 1937
A Graphic Summary of the Number, Size, and Type
of Farm and Value of Products: Dept. of Agri., Misc. Pub. No. 266,
A Graphic summary of Farm Crops: Dept. of Agri.,
Misc. pub. No. 267, Mar. 1938
Motor Car: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp.
Automobile Facts and Figures; Automobile
Manufacturers' Association, 1938 editions
A Chronicle of the Automotive Industry in America
1892-1936, Eaton Mfg. Co., Cleveland, Ohio
Aero Engines: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1,
Aeronautics: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1,
Aeroplane: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1, pp.
Civil Aviation: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 2,
The aircraft Yearbook for 1938: Aeronautical
Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc.
TWA Timetable, July 1, 1938
United Airlines Timetable, July 1, 1938
Eastern Air Lines Timetable, August 15, 1938
American Airlines Timetable, August 1, 1938
Northwest Air Lines Timetable, August 1938
Pan American Timetable, July 1, 1938
Air France Timetable, Summer 1938, From March 27
to Oct. 1
Imperial Airways Timetable, July 1938
Swissair Timetable, Summer 1938
Swedish Air Lines Timetable, Mar. 27-Oct. 1, 1938
Canadian Colonial Airways, July 1, 1938
Ships and Shipping: Encyclopaedia Britannica,
Vol. 20, pp. 505-563
Chemical Industry: Introduction
The Chemical Elements and Their Discoveries,
Fisher Scientific Co., Jan. 1936
Chemistry: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 5, pp.
A World of Change: an address by Dr. Edward R.
Weidlein as President of the American Chemical Society, Rochester
meeting, Sept. 9, 1937
Industrial Chemistry, by William Thronton Read:
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1933
Coal and Coal Mining: Introduction
Coal and Coal Mining: Encyclopaedia Britannica,
Vol. 5, pp. 868-912
The Formation and Characteristics of Pennsylvania
Anthracite: The Anthracite Institute
Telegraph: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 21, pp.
Telephone: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 21, pp.
Food Industries: Introduction
Food Preservation, Service and Supply:
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 9, pp. 457-460
Canning: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 4, pp.
The Story of Frosted Foods: Birdseye Company,
Nutritive Aspects of Canned Foods: The American
Can Company, 1937
More About Canned Foods, a pamphlet: American Can
Representative menus, 1938. (Fall, Winter, Spring
and Summer menus furnished by Childs Restaurant)
Metals and Mining: Introduction
Metals: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp.
Metallurgy: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15,
Metallography: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15,
Iron, Iron and Steel, Iron in Art: Encyclopaedia
Britannica, Vol. 12, pp. 645-682 incl.
Aluminum: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1, pp.
Copper: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 6, pp.
Metalliferous Mining: Encyclopaedia Britannica,
Vol. 15, pp. 544-551
Petroleum: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 17, pp.
The Rise of American Oil, by Leonard M. Fanning:
New York: Harper & Brother, 1936
Railways: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 18, pp.
New York Central Timetable, Form 1001, July 25,
Pennsylvania Railroad Timetable, Aug. 28, 1938
Baltimore & Ohio Timetable, July 17, 1938 (East
Union Pacific Timetable, Revised to June 12, 1938
Northern Pacific timetable, Corrected to June 20,
1938, F. 5111
Southern Pavific timetable, Aug. 15-Sept. 1938,
Sante Fe Timeable, Corrected to August 7, 1938
Streamlined Pennsylvania train
Textiles and Embroideries: Encyclopaedia
Britannica, Vol. 22, pp. 1-6
Weaving: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 23, pp.
Dyeing: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 7, pp.
Synthetic Dyes: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 7,
Designing Women, by Margaretta Byers with
Consuelo Kamholz: New York: Simon & Schuster: 1938
Women's Wear Style Sheet, 1938
Women's Wear for September 1, 1938
Fall Textures in duPont Rayon (swatches included
in Capsule as objects) 1938
L. New York World's Fair 1939
Message from Grover Whalen, President of the
New York, the World's Fair City
World's Fair Bulletin A Year from Today
World's Fair Bulletin: Participation Issue
World's Fair Bulletin for June, 1938
List of Officers and Department Heads of the
M. The Objects in the Capsule
Introduction and List
N. The Men Who Made the Capsule
O. How We Appear, Talk and Act; and Scenes of Our Day
Technology of Amateur and Professional Motion
Pictures: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 867-871
Motion Picture Technology: Encyclopaedia
Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 854-867
Photoelectricity: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol.
17, pp. 788-793
Production and Projection of the Motion Picture,
by Terry Ramsaye, Editor, Motion Picture Herald
How to Build a Projection Machine: (diagrams and
A projection machine.
Characteristic or significant scenes in sound film,
prepared for the time capsule by RKO-Pathe Pictures. Instructions for
making a suitable projection machine for use of this film are included
in the micro-file.
The newsreel runs about 15 minutes. It comprises the following scenes:
Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United
States, speaking at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1938, on
occasion of the 75th anniversary of the celebrated battle of the
United States Civil War. Veterans of both sides, attending their
final reunion, are present.
Howard Hughes, celebrated aviator, who made
"Around-the-World Flight" as "Air Ambassador" for New York World's
Fair 1939, in three days, 19 ¼ hours, July
Plane flying over New York City's skyscrapers
as Hughes sets out on first lap.
Hughes's return at Floyd Bennett Field, New
York City, after completing flight.
Hughes's New York reception , showing
enthusiastic crowds lining the streets and paper showering down
Jessey owens, American negro athlete, winning 100
meter dash in 1936 Olympic games.
Collegiate football: Harvard-Yale, November 1936
at "Yale Bowl," New Haven, Conn. Yale wins 14-13.
Baseball: Big League: All-Star Game at Crosley
Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. 28,000 spectators: July 1938. nationals
defeat Americans 4-1.
United States Pacific Fleet setting out for six
weeks of manoeuvres, showing battleships in formation off Long
Beach, California, in March 1938.
Soviets celebrate International Labour Day, May
1938, in Red Square, Moscow, Russia. Two shots of soldiers marching.
Greatest demonstration of military prowess in the
United States since the World War, at Fort Benning, Georgia, April
1938, showing tanks and other war machines.
Bombing of Canton, typical episode in the
undeclared war between China and Japan. Canton, China, June 1938.
Pathe cameraman, A.T. Hull, wearing helmet in
cockpit of plane, about to take-off to make pictures.
Smoke rising from explosions off in distance
Terror-stricken civilians in street
Red Cross men and women, many of whom are
injured while ministering to the victims.
Fashion Show at Miami, Florida, April 1938.
General view of luxurious scene in which the
audience is seated around a swimming pool, watching models
displaying advance summer fashions.
Two girls in long beach coats
Two girls in long beach coats opened to reveal
bathing suits, wearing enormous straw hats.
Flowered print afternoon dress with large hat.
Another afternoon dress with brilliantly
coloured accessories, and large hat.
Preview of World's Fair: 1939: May, 1938
Motorcade of nearly 500 vehicles and floats,
including the prize-winning Westinghouse float, going up a street
in downtown Manhattan between sidewalks lined with crowds, under
shower of paper.
Fiorello LaGuardia, Mayor of New York City, and
Grover A. Whalen, President of the Fair, in reviewing stand at
"Theme Float" bearing replica of Trylon and
I. Articles in Common Use
A 50-star U.S. Flag: reflecting admission to the
Union of Hawaii and Alaska.
Bible: new revised edition in modern English
provided by the American Bible Society.
Credit cards: Diner's Club and American Express.
Electronic watch: employing principle of natural
vibration to tell time electrically. Provided by Bulova Watch
Automatic camera: provided by Polaroid
Contact lenses: provided by Wesley-Jessen,
Freeze-dried food: beef meat packed in nitrogen
atmosphere by Campbell Soup Company.
Plastic wrap: used chiefly in preserving foods.
Bikini bathing suit: provided by Jantzen, Inc.
Long-playing record: The Beatles rendition of "A
Hard Day's Night."
Rechargeable flashlight: replaces conventional
throw-away cells with type which can be recharged over and over from
ordinary electric socket.
Ball point pen: provided by Parker Pen Company.
Detergent: provided by Lever Brothers.
World's Fair Guidebook
Pack of filter cigarettes
II. Atomic Energy
Film badge: measures low level of radiation
accumulated over a long period. Provided by the Atomic Energy
Pocket radiation monitor: provides immediate
warning of radiation by an audible tone and flashing light. Provided
by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Sample of Carbon 14: a standardized radioactive
isotope, especially useful in geological dating up to 25,000 years.
Provided by Westinghouse.
Fermi reactor graphite: from world's first
nuclear reactor built under West Stands, Stagg Field, University of
Chicago. On December 2, 1942, the first self-sustaining chain
reaction proved that man could harness the energy of the atom.
Provided by the Atomic Energy Commission.
Nautilus film history: world's first
atomic-powered submarine. Film strip provided by Westinghouse and
Calder Hall film: film of Queen Elizabeth II
opening the world's first nuclear power station at Calder Hall,
England, October 1956, provided by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy
Antibiotics: representing a family of drugs that
combats many diseases more effectively than any others previously in
existence. Provided by Lederle Laboratories, Inc.
Synthetic fibers: samples of Orlon, Dacron and
Lycra. Provided by E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co.
Pyroceram: a partially crystallized glass that
has unusual resistance to cracking or breaking due to extreme
changes in temperature. Provided by Corning Glass Works.
Computer memory unit: an electronic means of
storing information in a computer so that it can be quickly
recovered at any time. Provided by Univac Division, Sperry Rand
Plastic heart valve: man-made product that can
replace a malfunctioning part of the human body. Provided by Edwards
Laboratories, Inc., Santa Ana, Calif.
Superconducting wire: a special alloy that shows
no electrical resistance at temperatures near absolute zero; made
possible super-strength magnets. Provided by Westinghouse.
Ruby laser rod: makes possible the amplification
of light by millions of times in the form of a coherent beam.
Provided by the Linde Company.
Normal and irradiated seeds of grain: seeds that
have been exposed to varying degrees of radiation which may cause
basic changes in the plants' growth. Provided by Brookhaven National
Laboratory, Upton, Long Island, N.Y.
"Fresh" seawater: Pacific Ocean water that was
converted into pure drinking water at Point Loma, Calif., seawater
Permanent magnet: made of particles of ceramic
materials which exhibit magnetic properties superior to those found
Birth control pills
Molecular blocks which integrate into small solid
blocks of material the functions usually performed by an entire
assembly of electronic components. Provided by Westinghouse.
Sequoia wood sample: material which shows the
natural radiation level in the atmosphere over long periods of time.
Provided by the Redwood Empire Association, Calif.
Re-entry heat shield: a piece from the Mercury
Aurora 7 spacecraft flown by Lt. Cmdr. M. Scott Carpenter on his
three-orbit flight, May 24, 1962. Provided by National Aeronautics
and Space Administration's Manned Space Center, Houston, Texas.
Vanguard I parts: solar cell powering a
microminiaturized radio transmitter of satellite. Provided by
Goddard Space Flight Center.
Echo II material: outside "skin" from balloon
satellite. Provided by Langley Research Center, NASA.
Fuel cells: device which chemically generates
electricity without moving parts. Provided by Westinghouse
Fibre-reinforced metal: experimental material for
space applications requiring extreme strengths and low weights.
Tektite: material similar to granite believed to
have come from the moon and thought to be between 600,000 and
30,000,000 years old. Provided by Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA.
16 mm. microfilm: approximately twelve 200-foot
reels of microfilm containing more than 50,000 pages of information,
including National Geographic Atlas of the World, World Almanac,
United Nations Statistical Yearbook, Statistical Abstract of the
United States, National Industrial Conference Board Economic Almanac
and numerous other encyclopaedic works.
Sounds of our times: tape recording of famous
sounds and voices of the past 25 years.