This week in our time capsule news round-up we have 100-year-old papers that look like they were printed just yesterday, a Girl Scout capsule that won’t be opened until the year 2214, and some artefacts in Florida from the ancient Age of Videotape.
Girl Scouts bury 200-year time capsule at birthplace of founder
In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of the USA. Now 102 years later the organisation has sealed a time capsule at Low’s birthplace in Savannah, scheduled to be opened in the year 2214. People who visited the historic Georgia home were asked to contribute items, including photos, letters, and other messages to the future.
1989 time capsule makes a pit stop on its way to the future
The people of Venice, Florida opened a 25-year-old time capsule this week. But don’t get mad about it being opened “too soon” just yet. The town plans to reseal it for people to open in another 25 years. And 25 years after that. And hopefully 25 years after that. There isn’t a specific name for this kind of leapfrogging capsule, but they do seem to be getting more and more popular.
What was inside that the good people of 2039 will get to [temporarily] enjoy? A key to the city, a 1980s poster for the Ringling Brothers circus, and a VHS tape of a golf tournament, among other trinkets from 1989. Enjoy, future Floridians! [Herald Tribune]
100-year-old papers pulled from Australian capsule look perfectly preserved
A century-old glass jar was cracked open at a Masonic Lodge in Australia this week. And it may be boring, but at least it was well preserved.
Inside Masons found a couple of coins from the 1910s, a newspaper, and plenty of paper documents. All of the items were in exquisite condition, owing largely to the careful preparations made my Masons a hundred years previous.
Some capsules from as recently as the 1980s haven’t faired nearly as well. Take a lesson from the good people of the 1910s: if you can’t put something halfway interesting into your time capsule, at least have the decency to seal it as well as these guys. [Northern Times]
Image: Associated Press file photo of Juliette Gordon Low; Screenshot of the Girl Scouts time capsule from WTOC in Georgia