- Metal Plaque or Engraving?
- Time Capsules 101: What are they and when to open them
- How to Size a Plaque
- Insulating Your Time Capsule Container
- Believe in Your Time Capsule
- Don't Gamble on Your Time Capsule Container
- Preparing time capsule photos – digital vs paper formats
- What size time capsule do I need?
- Time Capsule Size – what do I need?
- Future Thinking Time Capsule Tips You Must Know
When it comes time for you to place those precious contents into something, don't skimp on the time capsule container. Why spend time and money on your time capsule contents only to have the recipients some 50 years hence open a mushy mucky mess?
Q. What about preparing time capsule photos? Can we just put in a CD/DVD or a thumb drive, or do we need to print them out, too? And, if we print them out, what paper do we use? What ink?
When preparing time capsule photos, provide paper versions of your digital formats. Digital versions are small and cheap. It’s natural to want to include them. But paper versions are better, because those who open the capsule in the future need no separate device to read them.
Time Capsule Size
We’ve found a great way to help you determine what size of time capsule you need. See how to figure the size of your project - including cost - before you’ve even gathered your first item!
To help you decide on the correct size of time capsule you need, see the handy Time Capsule chart, "What Size Time Capsule Do I Need?"
Find your budget and your group, and see the time capsules that fit perfectly!
Time Capsule Size
What size time capsule do I want? Is it what I really need?
If you are just beginning your time capsule project, figuring the size of container you need is one of the first things you need to do.
Future Thinking Time Capsule Tips
If you have never done a time capsule project before, how do you think about it? Find out how by doing some ‘future thinking.’ Those who place time capsules plan someday for either themselves or someone else to open it once again to remember and to ponder the contents. You'll think about timing. Popular timing goes 10, 25, 50, or 100 years or more in the future. It may be meaningful: sesquicentennial celebrants will choose 150 to match the year of celebration, or simply 50 so that the capsule can be opened at the bicentennial. Essentially, any time capsule is a snapshot of today as well as a gift for the future. You want the time capsule to last, your contents to survive in great condition, and use a plaque to make sure it's not forgotten in the future when you are not around.
Eli Lilly's Time Capsule Plaza
These photos from Eli Lilly show an interesting placement idea for time capsule containers. By the way, the Eli Lilly Time Capsule measures 12″x12″x14″. They placed their time capsule in 2003. Photos show some challenges that they succeeded in hurdling when they finally buried the capsule below the boulder you see in the photo.
NWRS Time Capsule Upper Souris 2003 Becomes Eagle Scout Project!
The dedication Ceremony for one of the USFW National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) Time Capsules was spearheaded by Daniel Johnson for his Eagle Scout project. It was a project enjoyed by the whole community there in North Dakota. This ceremony was held at the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge.
Laser Engraved Marking – Beautiful, Unique
To mark one’s time capsule container is to make it one’s own. The laser engraved marking style is indelible – it lasts forever. It’s beautiful.
Laser can accommodate logos and pictures if they are in the right kind of file format (editable vector in black & white). The result is a beautiful way to place your message onto our stainless steel time capsule lid.
Cylinder vs Box Time Capsules – Choose One!
How to Choose a Shape – How Much Can I Fit in it?
Major differences for Cylinder vs Box Time Capsules: shape; capacity; contents; aesthetics vs practical (looks vs function) and more
Use these 7 Time Capsule Preservation Secrets to get a good start on taking care that the gifts you are sending into the future survive. Handy tips you may not already know. Some info is from our Preservation Hints leaflet, included with all time capsules.
Standard Time Capsules – What’s Wrong with Them?
Q: I am interested in the Arnold 7x9 Standard Time Capsule Bundle on your website, but would like to know what is the extent of the damage. Are they small dents/dings? Is it possible for you to tell me more?
Tips for Time Capsule Burial of Family Time Capsules
You can safely bury any Future Line Time Capsule for up to 50 years or more. Read and follow all instructions that come with the time capsule. Use common sense when placing any time capsule in the ground.
Maybe it won’t be Sam Spade who finds your time capsule many years from now. But someone will find it. Someone will need to deal with it.
Q: Is a time capsule vault necessary?
No, it isn’t. But sometimes there are reasons for encasing a time capsule in a vault. Let’s discuss those.
Types of Time Capsule Boxes2 kinds of Time Capsule Boxes, the Capped Cornerstone and the Bolted Time Capsule, have different designs and both protect your things inside, but they are made differently.
Time Capsule Cylinder Types with Personality
We’ve always named our time capsule styles and models. But what are they really like? Are they famous Time Capsule Personalities? Let’s get personal! Part 1 of a 2 part series, this part covers the cylinders or cans of the Future Line Time Capsules.
Time Capsule Project Planning How to Make it Work!
Wha is the most important part of your time capsule project?
You and your group.
Yes, people. People will support you, and they will argue with you. People can make or break a time capsule project. Some people will come up with good ideas and yet others will give you bad ones.
Foothill Christian School Buries Time Capsule
Foothill Christian buried one of our stainless steel containers in May 2014. Students and teachers at the Glendora, California school dedicated a time capsule they will open up again in 25 years to happy future memories.
When to do a time capsule event
When do you do a time capsule event for your community? What's the occasion? Is it a ground breaking? You can do a time capsule project just about any time you want to do it. On April 8, 1986, the city of Covina, California chose to celebrate its centennial of founding. Along with the year's festivities, the mayor's time capsule was a primary focus. Read more about our time capsule ideas.
Washington Mutual hosted a Hollywood Time Capsule event in January 2004. Lots of folks attended. You'll never guess the secret that was buried beneath the bank company's concrete pathway!
Artistic Time Capsule Preserves View
Often we never hear back from our customers once they survive their time capsule project. These photos from 2001 show what one customer did with their time capsule. What she did to make her time capsule a work of art…
Back in 25 May 1999, people from the Eskom company buried one of our bolted time capsule boxes. Eskom is a South African electricity public utility. The government of South Africa first established it in 1923 as the Electricity Supply Commission (ESCOM). The company was also known by its Afrikaans name, Elektrisiteitsvoorsieningskommissie (EVKOM). The two acronyms were combined in 1986. In 2009, the company is known as Eskom. The time capsule was painted.
The Bicentennial for Deerfield, New York in 1998 featured a community time capsule project headed up by Dick Kowalczyk. The time capsule committee for the Deerfield NY Bicentennial made an enclosure for the time capsule. We recommended that they insulate all around the time capsule container before capping off the enclosure. They placed a plaque at the top of the time capsule enclosure. Most time capsule events include both time capsule container and plaque.