- You Can't Have It Both Ways
- Wording Ideas for Plaques & Engraving
- 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 your photos – digital vs paper formats
- Time Capsule Size – what do I need?
What wording is best on a time capsule plaque? What wording do you use for engraving a time capsule?
The answer varies because it is up to you, the customer, to provide that all important message to the future. Here we share some of the many engraved time capsules and time capsule plaques we've provided.
What is a Time Capsule?This article helps define what a time capsule is, some of the history behind it, and how to choose an opening date for your time capsule. It also talks about the Book of Record made by the first Westinghouse Time Capsule of Cupaloy at the 1939 World's Fair.
Some of the secrets to any successful time capsule project is to believe in it.
You want the time capsule to be meaningful.
You want people to participate and be involved along with you, you want the items to be interesting, you want the container to protect the things inside.
Finally, you want to say when it's all completed, "I'm glad we did that time capsule!"
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. It's natural to want to include digital versions of everything - they are small and cheap. But paper versions are better, because those who open the capsule in the future need no separate or special device to read them. Our current media reading devices are likely to change within just a few years (remember VHS tapes?). To preserve either paper or digital items, see our archival supplies and preservation kits.
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. Whether it is for a small project (such as a personal time capsule or family time capsule) or a larger one, figure the size of the items you want to put inside as keepsakes.
Photos from Eli Lilly show an interesting placement idea for time capsule containers. The Eli Lilly Time Capsule measures 12″x12″x14″, and they placed their time capsule in 2004 at their Time Capsule Plaza in Lafayette, Indiana. Photos show some challenges that they succeeded in hurdling when they finally buried the capsule below the boulder. The capsule is secured beneath the boulder.
Use this Info-Graphic to Help Figure Size Needed
We’ve found a great way to help you determine what size of time capsule you need. See our info-graphic in this post to find out how to figure the size of your project - including cost - before you’ve even gathered your first item! Prices are subject to change.
To help you decide on the correct size of time capsule you need, see the handy Time Capsule info-graphic, "What Size Time Capsule Do I Need?"
Find your budget and your group, and see the time capsules that fit perfectly! If you need a turnkey package, we have grouped them by size here: Small Projects, Medium Projects, and Large Projects. If you need a custom package, simply ask our office for a written estimate.
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.
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. You can have us engrave any of our stainless steel time capsules. Two places to order these: whether for Family Time Capsule Engraving or for the Time Capsule Box Engraving.
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.
Eagle Scout Project Features Wildlife Time Capsule - Upper Souris 2003
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.
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 7.75x9 Standard Time Capsule on your website, but would like to know what is the extent of the damage. Are they small dents/dings or are they big? 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 Family or School Time Capsule for up to 50 years or more. Read and follow all instructions that come with the sealant included 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. What are some ideas that you can implement now so that, years down the road, those who open your time capsule might find their job a bit easier? For one thing...
A vault is not always necessary. But sometimes there are reasons for encasing a time capsule in a vault. This article discusses when they are useful and when they are necessary, and if you have one, how to make sure it is helpful and not harmful to a time capsule's longevity.
It shows an example of a burial vault.
Types of Time Capsule Boxes
Right now, we have two kinds of time capsule boxes. Both are stainless steel, both can be buried. But they differ in style. The capped cornerstone box is a simple design and the bolted time capsule box is a more complicated design. Even though they differ in design, they still provide sturdy protection. In general, choose the special order bolted boxes if you need to store your items more than 75 years.
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! What is the Future Line brand of time capsules? They are our family time capsules (also school time capsules and baby time capsules) that are cylinder shaped canisters. They are sized, smallest to largest: 3.5 x 11.75", 7.75 x 9", 5.5 x 22", and 6 x 24".
How to Make Your Time Capsule Project Work!
What is the most important part of your time capsule project? It's you or 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.You can start with some good ideas here...
Foothill Christian School Buries Time Capsule
Foothill Christian buried one of our 14x14x20" 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. They also dedicated a plaque to mark the placement.
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.
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! See this post for how to install a plaque on wet cement.
Artistic Time Capsule Preserves View
When we hear back from our customers after a time capsule project, we rejoice. It is no small task to survive a time capsule project and event. 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…and preserve the landscape's original view before it is lost forever.
In 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.