By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 23, 2022) – In Issue 2022-170 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about saving time in a capsule for the future to see.


On September 23, 1938, a time capsule was buried at the site of the New York World’s Fair.  It is to be opened in 6938, so hopefully it survives the 5000 years between.

The Westinghouse Corporation added a second time capsule in 1965 when New York hosted the World’s Fair again.

The first time capsule weighs about 800 pounds and contains everyday items to explain twentieth century life.  Some of the items are: seeds of various plants, fabrics and plastics, a toothbrush, a baseball, a fountain pen, a Life magazine, an RKO newsreel, and microfilm rolls of written texts including a Sears Roebuck catalog and a dictionary.   You have to wonder if someone will still know how to use that slide rule put in there.

You can visit the location of the time capsules, buried 50 feet underground, in Flushing Meadows Park. 

This map by Beers covers ca. 60 miles around New York City as it was in 1867.

60 miles around NY City – 1867 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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