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Witnesses to the loading of the 1939 time capsule.


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 history.

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.

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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

Amazing Stories October 1938

This issue of Amazing Stories, in microfilm form, was included in the 1939 time capsule.  The editors were tickled pink saying,

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



A. Contributing to Convenience, Comfort, Health, Safety
  1. Alarm clock
  2. Can opener
  3. Eyeglasses, bifocals (Bausch & Lomb)
  4. Fountain Pen (Waterman)
  5. Mazda electric lamp (Westinghouse, 60 watt, 110 volt)
  6. Mechanical pencil (Waterman)
  7. Miniature camera (Eastman, Bantam K.A. special f.4.5. lens)
  8. Nail file
  9. Padlock and keys (The Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company)
  10. Safety pin
  11. Silverware - knife, fork, spoon (Heirloom plate, Grenoble pattern, by Wm. A. Rogers Ltd., Oneida Ltd. Successor)
  12. Tape measure (Keuffel & Esser)
  13. Tooth brush
  14. Tooth powder in small container
  15. Transmitter and receiver of ordinary handset telephone
  16. Watch (small wrist watch for woman)
  17. Westinghouse Sterilamp (bactericidal)
B. For the Pleasure, Use, and Education of Children
  1. Boy's toy - a mechanical, spring propelled automobile
  2. Girl's toy - a small doll
  3. Mickey-Mouse child's cup of plastic material (Bryant Electric Company)
  4. Set of alphabet blocks
C. Pertaining to the Grooming and Vanity of Women
  1. Woman's hat, style of Autumn, 1938 (designed specially by Lilly Dache')
  2. Cosmetic make-up kit (Elizabeth Arden Daytime-Cyclamen Color Harmony Box, including two miniature boxes of face-powder, lipstick, rouge, eye shadow)
  3. Rhinestone clip (purchased at Woolworth's)
D. Pertaining Principally to the Grooming, Vanity or Personal Habits of Men
  1. Container of tobacco
  2. Electric razor and cord (Remington-Rand Close Shaver with Westinghouse motor, General Shaver Corp.)
  3. Package of cigarettes
  4. Safety razor and blades (Gillette Aristocrat one-piece razor, Gillette Safety Razor Co.)
  5. Smoking pipe (Drinkless Kaywoodie, Kaywoodie Company)
  6. Tobacco pouch, closed with zipper (Alfred Dunhill of London)
E. Pertaining to Games pictured and Described in Micro-file:
  1. Baseball
  2. Deck of cards
  3. Golf ball (Kro-flite, A.G. Spalidng & Bros.)
  4. Golf tee
  5. Poker chips


A. Fabrics:
  1. Asbestos cloth (Johns-Manville)
  2. Cotton swatches (Jas. McCutcheon & Co.)
  3. Glass fabric samples (Westinghouse glass tape)
  4. Linen swatches (Jas. McCutcheon & Co.)
  5. Rayon swatches (Du Pont and Celanese)
  6. Rubber fabrics (Lastex cloth, United States Rubber Products, Inc.)
  7. Silk swatches (Jas. McCutcheon & Co.)
  8. Wool swatches (American Woolen Company)
B. Metals and Metallic Alloys:
  1. Hipernik (Westinghouse)
  2. Aluminium (Commercially pure sample from Aluminium Company of America)
  3. Aluminium high-strength alloy (ST 37 alloy furnished by Aluminum Company of America)
  4. Carbon steel (Electro Metallurgical Company)
  5. Chromium (Electro Metallurgical Company)
  6. Copper (Westinghouse Research Laboratories)
  7. Ferromanganese (Electro Metallurgical Company)
  8. Ferrosilicon (Electro Metallurgical Company)
  9. Ferrovanadium (Electro Metallurgical Company)
  10. Iron (Pure sample from Westinghouse Research Laboratories)
  11. Magnesium high-strength alloy (Dowmetal, furnished by Dow Chemical Company)
  12. Manganese (Electro Metallurgical Comapny)
  13. Silicon (Electro Metallurgical Company)
    Stainless steel (Electro Metallurgical Company
  14. Temperable copper (Cupaloy, furnished by Westinghouse)
  15. Hipersil (Westinghouse)
  16. Tungsten wire (Filament for Westinghouse Mazda electric lamp)
C. Non-Metallic Materials and Substances:
  1. Airplane pulley of laminated phenol plastic Micarta-Westinghouse
  2. Anthracite coal (sealed in glass, furnished by Anthracite Institute)
  3. Artificial cellulose sponge (E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co., Inc.)
  4. Artificial leather
  5. Asbestos shingle (furnished by Johns-Manville)
  6. Beetleware: a specimen of urea plastic (Westinghouse)
  7. Carborundum (The Carborundum Company)
  8. Glass wool
  9. Linen packing thread
  10. Leather samples:tanned cowhide, genuine morocco (goatskin)
  11. Lucite: a specimen of methyl methacrylate plastic (duPont)
  12. Manufactured rubber (tire section furnished by Fisk Tire Co., Inc.)
  13. Micarta: a specimen of phenol plastic (Westinghouse)
  14. Noiseless gear of laminated phenol plastic Micarta: Westinghouse
  15. Paper: four kinds of permanent rag paper used in money, books, permanent ledgers and for special wrapping
  16. Portland Cement (Sample furnished by Portland Cement Co., sealed in glass)
  17. Raw rubber (Furnished by United States Rubber Products, Inc.)
  18. Transite: a specimen of material made of asbestos and cement (Johns-Manville)
  19. Rock wool (Johns-Manville)
  20. Synthetic "rubber" (Neoprene Chloroprene, furnished by duPont)


A. Money of the United States:
  1.  Dollar bill, silver dollar, half dollar, quarter dollar, dime, nickel, penny
B. Electrical Items:
  1. Electric wall switch (Bryant Electric Company)
  2. Electric lamp socket (Bryant Electric Company)
C. Seeds (Selected and furnished by U.S. Department of Agriculture: all samples sealed in glass tubes)
  1. Wheat, corn, oats, tobacco, cotton, flax, rice, soy beans, alfalfa, sugar beets, carrots, barley
D. Books (All other books, reports, etc. reduced to microfilm)
  1. Selected leather-bound rag-paper copy of the Holy Bible
  2. Copy of the Book of Record of the Time Capsule
E. Type (Supplementary to discussion in Micro-file)
  1. Handset type: Capital and lowercase alphabets of Goudy Village No. 2 type, 14 point
  2. Linotype: 8 point Caslon 13 em slug set on standard Linotype in the shop of the Tuckahoe Record, Tuckahoe, N.Y. The line reads: "This type set by Linotype Machine"
F. Optical Instrument (Other optical instruments described in Micro-File)
  1. Magnifier and viewer for use with microfilm and newsreel film.
G. Special Texts (Written on permanent paper in non-fading ink)
  1. Special messages from noted men of our time (Albert Einstein, Robert A. Millikan, Karl T. Compton, Thomas Mann)
  2. Certificate of Official Witnesses at packing of the Westinghouse Time Capsule
    Message from Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, President of Oglethorpe University
  3. List of Westinghouse men whose suggestions, guidance, engineering and other special skills made the Time Capsule possible.


  1. Greetings
  2. Directions for making a larger projection machine
A. Aids to Translation
  1. Explanation of keys
  2. Fable of the North Wind and the Sun in Twenty Languages
  3. The Lord's Prayer in 300 Languages
  4. The Practical Standard Dictionary: New York: Funk & Wagnalls: 1938
  5. Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English, by John S. Farmer and W.E. Henley: New York: E.P. Dutton & Co.: 6th Impression
B. Where We Live and Work
  1. Introduction
  2. Individual Homes: Architectural Forum: pages from various 1937-1938 issues
  3. Apartments, by Harvey Wiley Corbett: En. Britannica Vol. 20, pp. 870-881
  4. The Trailer: catalogue of Kozy Coach, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1938
  5. Offices, by Harvey Wiley Corbett: En. Britannica, Vol. 2, pp. 274-287, inc.
  6. The Story of Rockefeller Center, 1938
  7. Office Equipment, by W.H. Leffingwell: En. Britannica; Vol. 16, pp. 712-719 inc.
  8. Office Machines: catalogue of International Business Machines Corp., 1938
  9. Factories: En. Britannica, Vol. 9, pp. 29-31, inc.
  10. Photograph of Westinghouse East Pittsburgh Works
  11. Photograph of Westinghouse Transformer Works, Sharon, Pa.
  12. Photograph of Westinghouse Elevator Works, Jersey City, N.J.
  13. Photograph of Headquarters of General Motors Corp., Detroit, Mich.
  14. Photograph of First stages on assembly belt in General Motors factory
  15. Photograph of press that makes automobile tops out of cold steel
  16. Photograph of rolling cold steel, American Iron & Steel Institute
  17. Photograph of pouring molten iron into a furnace, Amer. Iron & Steel Institute
C. Our Arts and Entertainment
  1. Introduction
  2. The Arts, by Hendirk Willem van Loon: New York: Simon & Schuster
  3. Painting: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 17, pp 36-65
  4. Arozco Frescoes
  5. "Guernica" - Pablo Picasso
  6. "American Landscape" - Charles Sheeler
  7. "Summer Wind" - Alexander Brook
  8. "Promenade" - Charles Burchfield (1928)
  9. "Lower Manhattan" - John Marin (1920)
  10. "Persistance of Memory" - Salvador Dali (Catalan)
  11. "Daughters of the Revolution" - Grant Wood (American 1932)
  12. "Composition Black, White & Red" - Piet Mondrian (Dutch)
  13. "Dr. Meyer-Hermann" - Otto Dix
  14. Sculpture: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 20, pp. 198-231
  15. Music: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 16, pp. 3-24 (with score)
  16. Harmony: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 11, pp. 203-212
  17. Finlandia, by Jean Sibelius
  18. The Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Philip Sousa
  19. The Flat-Foot Floogee, by Slim Gaillard, Slam Steward and Bud Green
  20. Photograph of Arturo Toscanini, one of our great directors, conducting a symphony orchestra
  21. Photograph of a string quartet
  22. Phtograph of a vocal soloist accompanied by orchestra, with audience in foreground
  23. Photograph of diners dancing to the accompaniment of an orchestra in a famous New York night club
  24. Catalog of instruments, showing constructon, range and how to manipulate
  25. Literature: introduction
  26. The Essay: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 8, pp. 716-717
  27. Freud, Goethe, Wagner, by Thomas Mann: New York: Alfred A. Knopf: 1937
  28. The Short Story: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 20, pp. 580-583
  29. Verse: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 23, pp. 96-98
  30. The Novel: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 16, pp. 572-577
  31. "Arrowsmith" by Sinclair Lewis: New York: Grosset & Dunlap: 1925
  32. "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell: New York: Macmillan: 1938
  33. "The Theater" by George Jean Nathan: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 22, pp. 21-41
  34. Best Plays (1936-1937) by Burns Mantle: New York: Dodd, Mead
  35. Motion Pictures, by Terry Ramsaye: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 15, pp. 854-871
  36. Music Hall Program for "You Can't Take It With You", Sept. 1, 1938
  37. Radio: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Vol. 23, pp. 663-668
  38. The Story of Radio, by Orrin E. Dunlap, Jr.; New York: Dial Press, 1935
  39. A radio studio, National Broadcasting Company, New York City
  40. Radio Corporation of America Building, Rockefeller Center, New York
  41. Master switchboard of the National Broadcasting Comapny
  42. Director of radio dramatic program, National Broadcasting Company
  43. Radio broadcasting antenna
  44. Radio actors "on the air"
  45. Standard Bridge Rules: R.H. Macy & Co., New York, 1938
  46. Photo of a bridge tournament: Acme
  47. Hoyle's Card Rules: R.H. Macy & Co., New York, 36th Edition, 1938
  48. Typical poker scene: Acme
  49. Spalding's Rules of Golf - 1938
  50. Typical golf match: Acme
  51. Spalding's Football Rules - 1938
  52. Scene from football game
  53. Spalding Baseball Rules - 1938
  54. Scene from baseball game
D. How Information Is Disseminated Among Us
  1. General Introduction
  2. Magazines: Introduction
  3. Saturday Evening Post, May 7, 1938
  4. Collier's, Sept. 3, 1938
  5. Ladies Home Journal, September 1938
  6. Woman's Home Companion, September 1938
  7. Vogue, September 1, 1938
  8. McCall's, September 1938
  9. Good Housekeeping, September 1938
  10. Adventure, September 1938
  11. Love Story, September 3, 1938
  12. True Confessions, October 1938
  13. Complete Western Book Magazine, September 1938
  14. Detective Story Magazine, October 1938
  15. Amazing Stories, October 1938
  16. Weird Tales, September 1938
  17. American Mercury, September 1938
  18. Time, February 28, 1938
  19. Newsweek, July 25, 1938
  20. Reader's Digest, September 1938
  21. Harper's Magazine, August 1938
  22. The Atlantic Monthly, July 1938
  23. Scientific American, September 1938
  24. Life, May 23, 1938
  25. Look, September 13, 1938
  26. Your Life, September 1938
  27. Fortune, February 1938
  28. New Yorker, September 3, 1938
  29. Introduction: A Magazine of the pre-halftone era
  30. Leslie's Weekly, several issues
  31. Newspapers: Introduction
  32. New York Herald Tribune, August 24, 1938
  33. New York Times, August 19, 1938
  34. New York World-Telegram, August 10, 1938
  35. New York Sun, January 8, 1938 (complete final)
  36. New York Post, September 6, 1938, Sports Extra
  37. New York Journal American, July 14, 1938
  38. New York Daily News, August 30, 1938
  39. New York Mirror, August 29, 1938
  40. Daily Worker, August 30, 1938
  41. The Cartoon: Introduction
  42. Batchelor's "In the Spring a Young Man's Fancy..."; Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate, 1938
  43. Talburt's "Land of the Rising or Setting Sun?" New York World-Telegram Syndicate, 1938
  44. Kirby's "Laughter for the Gods", New York World-Telegram Syndicate, 1938
  45. The "Funny Paper": Introductions
  46. Caniff's "Terry & The Pirates"; Link's "Tiny Tim"; and "Dill and Daffy"; Chicago Tribune: New York News Syndicate, June 25, 1938
  47. Willard's "Moon Mullins" and Branning's "Winnie Winkle the Breadwinner," Chicago Tribune: New York News Syndicate, June 25, 1938
  48. Gray's "Little Orphan Annie" and Gould's "Dick Tracy", Chicago Tribune: New York News Syndicate, June 25, 1938
  49. King's "Gasoline Alley" and Edson's "The Gumps" Chicago Trib: NY News Syndicate, June 25, 1938
  50. Segar's "Sappo" and "Thimble Theater", King Features, Sunday, Sept. 18, 1938
  51. Knerr's "Dinglehoofer & His Dog" and "The Katzenjammer Kids", King Features, Spte. 18, 1938
  52. Disney's "Mother Pluto" and "Mickey Mouse", King Features, Sept. 18, 1938
  53. DeBeck's "Bunky" and "Barney Google", King Features, Sept. 18, 1938
  54. Cady's "Peter Rabbit"; New York Herald Tribune Syndicate, Aug 7, 1938
  55. Webster's "Timid Soul"; New York Herald Tribune Syndicate, Sept. 4, 1938
  56. Webster's "The Thrill that Comes Once in a Lifetime": N.Y. Herald Tribune Syndicate, Aug. 27, 1938
  57. Our Books: Introduction
  58. Methods of Printing, by G. Leonard Gold
  59. Design and Beauty in Printing, by Frederic W. Goudy: Press of the Wooly Whale March 8, 1934
  60. A History of the Printed Book, by Lawrence C. Wroth: New York: Limited Editions Club, 1938
  61. Color in Use: International Printing Ink Corp., copyrighted 1935
  62. Color as Light: International Printing Ink Corp., copyrighted 1935
  63. Color Chemistry: International Printing Ink Corp., copyrighted 1935
E. Book of General Information About Us
  1. A Book of general information about us: Introduction
  2. The World Almanac for 1938
F. Our Religions and Philosphies
  1. Introduction
  2. The World's Living Religions, by Robert Ernst Hume: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936
  3. A History of Philosophy, by Alfred Weber & Ralph Barton Perry: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925
G. Our Education and Educational Systems
  1. Introduction
  2. Education: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 7, pp. 964-1005
  3. All The Children: 39th Annual Report of the Superintendent of Schools, New York City, School Year 1936-1937
H. Our Sciences and Techniques
  1. Introduction
  2. Science: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 20, pp. 115-123
  3. Scientific Methods: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 20, pp. 127-133
  4. The Story of Science, by David Dietz: Dodd, Mead: 1938
  5. The Smithsonian Physical Tables: Washington: Smithsonian Institution, Publications 3171, 1934
  6. Meteorology: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 343-356
  7. Mathematics: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 69-89
  8. Portraits of Eminent Mathematicians, by David Eugene Smith: New York: Scripts Mathematica, portfolios 1 and 2
  9. Telescopes: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 904-909
  10. Microscopes: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 433-443
I. Our Earth, Its Features and Peoples
  1. Introduction
  2. The World Atlas: New York: Rand McNally
  3. Our Races: Introduction
  4. The World's Races: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 2, pp. 41-50
  5. Explanation of the Fundamental Triangulation net of the United States (with map)
  6. Methods of Surveying: Coast & Geodetic Survey booklets, Nos. 502, 529, 562, 583, Spec. No. 23, Dept. of Commerce
  7. Geology: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 10, pp. 155-173
  8. Exploring Down, by Sherwin F. Kelly, reprint from The Explosives Engineer, Sept.-Oct. 1935
  9. The Earth: Chester A. Reeds, New York: The University press, First Trade Edition 1935
J. Our Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry and Pharmacy
  1. Introduction
  2. Frontiers of Medicine, by Dr. Morris Fishbein: Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, June 1933
  3. Men of Medicine: The March of Time, Issue No. 11, Vol. IV.
  4. Work of the United States Public Health Service, Reprint 1447
  5. Report of the Surgeon General of the United States, June 30, 1937
  6. Dentistry: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 7, pp. 222-225
  7. 1937 Year Book of Dentistry
  8. United States Pharmacopaea
  9. X-Ray and Fluoroscopy: catalogues of the Westinghouse X-Ray Company
K. Our Industries
  1. Introduction
  2. Explanation of Sears, Roebuck catalog
  3. Sears, Roebuck catalog No. 177 - Philadelphia - Fall & Winter 1938-39
  4. Inventions and Discoveries: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 12, pp. 545-547
  5. Some basic inventions of modern times: United States Patent Office
  6. Industrial Revolution: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 12, pp. 303-306
  7. Industrial Relations: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 12, pp. 293-303
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Westinghouse Industrial Realtions: a report for 1937
  11. The Electrical Industry: Introduction
  12. Electricity: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 8, pp. 182-217
  13. Electric Generator: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 8, pp 174-182
  14. Electrical Power: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 8, pp. 144-174
  15. Electric Motor: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 872-878
  16. Electrical Engineering, Fiftieth Anniversary A.I.E.E. 1884-1934, May 1934
  17. A Life of George Westinghouse, by Henry G. Prout: New York: Charles Scribner's; 1926
  18. Portions of Westinghouse 1939 Catalogue
  19. 52nd Annual Report of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, Dec. 31, 1937
  20. Westinghouse Stockholders' Quarterly for August, 1938
  21. Photograph of welding the new office building at the Westinghouse Transformer Works, Sharon, Pa.
  22. "Putting in the Throw" on a 7500 kv-a. synchronous condenser at the Westinghouse East Pittsburgh Works
  23. Photograph of tightening a "steel spider" at the Westinghouse East Pittsburgh Works
  24. Photograph of assembling giant mill motors at the Westinghouse East Pittsburgh Works
  25. Photograph of Ignitron tubes in the Westinghouse Research Laboratories
  26. Photograph of testing a grid-glow tube in the Westinghouse Research Laboratories.
  27. Photograph of a lamp machine in the Westinghouse Lamp Works, Bloomfield, N.J.
  28. Photograph of bottom one-third of 800-foot vertical antenna of Westinghouse radio station KDKA, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  29. Photograph of a 1938 hostess inspecting complete meal cooking in Westinghouse Automeal Roaster at Merchandise Works, Mansfield, Ohio
  30. Agriculture: Introduction
  31. Agriculture: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1, pp. 391-420
  32. Agricultural Machinery and Implements: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1, p. 370-378
  33. A Graphic summary of Physical Features and Land Utilization in the United States: Dept. of Agri., Misc. Publication No. 20, May 1937
  34. A Graphic Summary of Farm Tenure: Dept. of Agri., Misc. Pub. No. 261, Dec. 1936
  35. A Graphic Summary of Farm Taxation: Dept. of Agri., Misc. Pub. No. 262, Feb. 1937
  36. A Graphic Summary of the Value of Farm property: Dept. of Agri., Misc. Pub. No. 263, July 1937
  37. A Graphic Summary of Farm Machinery, Facilities, Roads and Expenditures: Dept. of Agri., Misc. Pub. No. 264, July 1937
  38. A Graphic Summary of Farm Labor and Population: Dept. of Agri., Misc. Pub. No. 265, Nov. 1937
  39. A Graphic Summary of the Number, Size, and Type of Farm and Value of Products: Dept. of Agri., Misc. Pub. No. 266, Oct. 1937
  40. A Graphic summary of Farm Crops: Dept. of Agri., Misc. pub. No. 267, Mar. 1938
  41. Automobiles: Introduction
  42. Motor Car: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 880-901
  43. Automobile Facts and Figures; Automobile Manufacturers' Association, 1938 editions
  44. A Chronicle of the Automotive Industry in America 1892-1936, Eaton Mfg. Co., Cleveland, Ohio
  45. Aviation: Introduction
  46. Aero Engines: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1, pp. 237-242
  47. Aeronautics: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1, pp. 242-250
  48. Aeroplane: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1, pp. 250-258
  49. Civil Aviation: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 2, pp. 801-812
  50. The aircraft Yearbook for 1938: Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc.
  51. TWA Timetable, July 1, 1938
  52. United Airlines Timetable, July 1, 1938
  53. Eastern Air Lines Timetable, August 15, 1938
  54. American Airlines Timetable, August 1, 1938
  55. Northwest Air Lines Timetable, August 1938
  56. Pan American Timetable, July 1, 1938
  57. Air France Timetable, Summer 1938, From March 27 to Oct. 1
  58. Imperial Airways Timetable, July 1938
  59. Swissair Timetable, Summer 1938
  60. Swedish Air Lines Timetable, Mar. 27-Oct. 1, 1938
  61. Canadian Colonial Airways, July 1, 1938
  62. Ships and Shipping: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 20, pp. 505-563
  63. Chemical Industry: Introduction
  64. The Chemical Elements and Their Discoveries, Fisher Scientific Co., Jan. 1936
  65. Chemistry: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 5, pp. 355-410
  66. Applied Chemistry: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 5. 410-412
  67. A World of Change: an address by Dr. Edward R. Weidlein as President of the American Chemical Society, Rochester meeting, Sept. 9, 1937
  68. Industrial Chemistry, by William Thronton Read: New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1933
  69. Coal and Coal Mining: Introduction
  70. Coal and Coal Mining: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 5, pp. 868-912
  71. The Formation and Characteristics of Pennsylvania Anthracite: The Anthracite Institute
  72. Communications: Introduction
  73. Telegraph: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 21, pp. 880-893
  74. Telephone: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 21, pp. 894-904
  75. Food Industries: Introduction
  76. Food Preservation, Service and Supply: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 9, pp. 457-460
  77. Canning: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 4, pp. 748-751
  78. The Story of Frosted Foods: Birdseye Company, 1938
  79. Nutritive Aspects of Canned Foods: The American Can Company, 1937
  80. More About Canned Foods, a pamphlet: American Can Company
  81. Representative menus, 1938. (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer menus furnished by Childs Restaurant)
  82. Metals and Mining: Introduction
  83. Metals: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 323-325
  84. Metallurgy: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 310-323
  85. Metallography: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 308-310
  86. Iron, Iron and Steel, Iron in Art: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 12, pp. 645-682 incl.
  87. Aluminum: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 1, pp. 713-720
  88. Copper: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 6, pp. 401-409
  89. Metalliferous Mining: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 544-551
  90. Petroleum: Introduction
  91. Petroleum: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 17, pp. 662-669
  92. The Rise of American Oil, by Leonard M. Fanning: New York: Harper & Brother, 1936
  93. Railroads: Introduction
  94. Railways: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 18, pp. 916-952
  95. New York Central Timetable, Form 1001, July 25, 1938
  96. Pennsylvania Railroad Timetable, Aug. 28, 1938
  97. Baltimore & Ohio Timetable, July 17, 1938 (East and West)
  98. Union Pacific Timetable, Revised to June 12, 1938
  99. Northern Pacific timetable, Corrected to June 20, 1938, F. 5111
  100. Southern Pavific timetable, Aug. 15-Sept. 1938, Form A
  101. Sante Fe Timeable, Corrected to August 7, 1938
  102. Streamlined Pennsylvania train
  103. Textiles: Introduction
  104. Textiles and Embroideries: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 22, pp. 1-6
  105. Weaving: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 23, pp. 455-466
  106. Dyeing: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 7, pp. 789-795
  107. Synthetic Dyes: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 7, pp. 796-807
  108. Designing Women, by Margaretta Byers with Consuelo Kamholz: New York: Simon & Schuster: 1938
  109. Women's Wear Style Sheet, 1938
  110. Women's Wear for September 1, 1938
  111. Fall Textures in duPont Rayon (swatches included in Capsule as objects) 1938
L. New York World's Fair 1939
  1. Introduction
  2. Message from Grover Whalen, President of the World's Fair
  3. New York, the World's Fair City
  4. World's Fair Bulletin A Year from Today
  5. World's Fair Bulletin: Participation Issue
  6. World's Fair Bulletin for June, 1938
  7. List of Officers and Department Heads of the World's Fair
M. The Objects in the Capsule
  1. Introduction and List
N. The Men Who Made the Capsule
  1. List
O. How We Appear, Talk and Act; and Scenes of Our Day
  1. Introduction
  2. Technology of Amateur and Professional Motion Pictures: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 867-871
  3. Motion Picture Technology: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 15, pp. 854-867
  4. Photoelectricity: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 17, pp. 788-793
  5. Production and Projection of the Motion Picture, by Terry Ramsaye, Editor, Motion Picture Herald
  6. How to Build a Projection Machine: (diagrams and photos)
  7. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Howard Hughes, celebrated aviator, who made "Around-the-World Flight" as "Air Ambassador" for New York World's Fair 1939, in three days, 19 hours, July 1938.
    1. Plane flying over New York City's skyscrapers as Hughes sets out on first lap.
    2. Hughes's return at Floyd Bennett Field, New York City, after completing flight.
    3. Hughes's New York reception , showing enthusiastic crowds lining the streets and paper showering down from skyscrapers.
  3. Jessey owens, American negro athlete, winning 100 meter dash in 1936 Olympic games.
  4. Collegiate football: Harvard-Yale, November 1936 at "Yale Bowl," New Haven, Conn. Yale wins 14-13.
  5. Baseball: Big League: All-Star Game at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. 28,000 spectators: July 1938. nationals defeat Americans 4-1.
  6. United States Pacific Fleet setting out for six weeks of manoeuvres, showing battleships in formation off Long Beach, California, in March 1938.
  7. Soviets celebrate International Labour Day, May 1938, in Red Square, Moscow, Russia. Two shots of soldiers marching.
  8. 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.
  9. Bombing of Canton, typical episode in the undeclared war between China and Japan. Canton, China, June 1938.
    1. Pathe cameraman, A.T. Hull, wearing helmet in cockpit of plane, about to take-off to make pictures.
    2. Smoke rising from explosions off in distance
    3. Terror-stricken civilians in street
    4. Red Cross men and women, many of whom are injured while ministering to the victims.
  10. Fashion Show at Miami, Florida, April 1938.
    1. General view of luxurious scene in which the audience is seated around a swimming pool, watching models displaying advance summer fashions.
    2. Two girls in long beach coats
    3. Two girls in long beach coats opened to reveal bathing suits, wearing enormous straw hats.
    4. Afternoon dress
    5. Flowered print afternoon dress with large hat.
    6. Another afternoon dress with brilliantly coloured accessories, and large hat.
  11. Preview of World's Fair: 1939: May, 1938
    1. 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.
    2. Sports float with Babe Ruth, baseball hero.
    3. Motorcade entering partially completed Fair grounds.
    4. Fiorello LaGuardia, Mayor of New York City, and Grover A. Whalen, President of the Fair, in reviewing stand at Fair grounds.
    5. "Theme Float" bearing replica of Trylon and Perisphere.


I. Articles in Common Use

  1. A 50-star U.S. Flag: reflecting admission to the Union of Hawaii and Alaska.
  2. Bible: new revised edition in modern English provided by the American Bible Society.
  3. Credit cards: Diner's Club and American Express.
  4. Electronic watch: employing principle of natural vibration to tell time electrically. Provided by Bulova Watch Company.
  5. Automatic camera: provided by Polaroid Corporation.
  6. Contact lenses: provided by Wesley-Jessen, Chicago.
  7. Freeze-dried food: beef meat packed in nitrogen atmosphere by Campbell Soup Company.
  8. Plastic wrap: used chiefly in preserving foods.
  9. Bikini bathing suit: provided by Jantzen, Inc.
  10. Long-playing record: The Beatles rendition of "A Hard Day's Night."
  11. Rechargeable flashlight: replaces conventional throw-away cells with type which can be recharged over and over from ordinary electric socket.
  12. Ball point pen: provided by Parker Pen Company.
  13. Detergent: provided by Lever Brothers.
  14. Transistor radio
  15. Tranquilizer pills
  16. World's Fair Guidebook
  17. Electric toothbrush
  18. Pack of filter cigarettes

II. Atomic Energy

  1. Film badge: measures low level of radiation accumulated over a long period. Provided by the Atomic Energy Commission.
  2. Pocket radiation monitor: provides immediate warning of radiation by an audible tone and flashing light. Provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  3. Sample of Carbon 14: a standardized radioactive isotope, especially useful in geological dating up to 25,000 years. Provided by Westinghouse.
  4. 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.
  5. Nautilus film history: world's first atomic-powered submarine. Film strip provided by Westinghouse and U.S. Navy.
  6. 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 Authority.

III. Scientific Developments

  1. Antibiotics: representing a family of drugs that combats many diseases more effectively than any others previously in existence. Provided by Lederle Laboratories, Inc.
  2. Synthetic fibers: samples of Orlon, Dacron and Lycra. Provided by E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co.
  3. Pyroceram: a partially crystallized glass that has unusual resistance to cracking or breaking due to extreme changes in temperature. Provided by Corning Glass Works.
  4. 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 Corporation.
  5. Plastic heart valve: man-made product that can replace a malfunctioning part of the human body. Provided by Edwards Laboratories, Inc., Santa Ana, Calif.
  6. Superconducting wire: a special alloy that shows no electrical resistance at temperatures near absolute zero; made possible super-strength magnets. Provided by Westinghouse.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. "Fresh" seawater: Pacific Ocean water that was converted into pure drinking water at Point Loma, Calif., seawater conversion plant.
  10. Permanent magnet: made of particles of ceramic materials which exhibit magnetic properties superior to those found in metals.
  11. Birth control pills
  12. Molecular blocks which integrate into small solid blocks of material the functions usually performed by an entire assembly of electronic components. Provided by Westinghouse.
  13. 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.

IV. Space

  1. 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.
  2. Vanguard I parts: solar cell powering a microminiaturized radio transmitter of satellite. Provided by Goddard Space Flight Center.
  3. Echo II material: outside "skin" from balloon satellite. Provided by Langley Research Center, NASA.
  4. Fuel cells: device which chemically generates electricity without moving parts. Provided by Westinghouse
  5. Fibre-reinforced metal: experimental material for space applications requiring extreme strengths and low weights.
  6. 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.

V. Other

  1. 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.
  2. Sounds of our times: tape recording of famous sounds and voices of the past 25 years.

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