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The Best Paper for Long Term Storage

Posted by J Reinhold on 1/17/2018 to About Preservation

Best Paper for Time CapsulesThe Best Paper for Long Term Storage

What is the best paper to use in time capsules and for long term storage? Here we discuss various papers available today, which ones are best and which to avoid, and why.

Why You Can't Have It Both Ways

Posted by J Reinhold on 3/21/2017 to About Time Capsules
Standard Time Capsule and Outdoor Plaque

Why You Can't Have It Both Ways

Whether you are racking your brains to find the perfect Time Capsule Container, or trying to fit 1,000 words onto a 5x7" Cast or Outdoor Plaque, know this: you can't have it both ways. That is to say, you can't spend NO money on a time capsule container and have the best protection for your items. And you can't choose the smallest plaque and throw so many words on it that it just doesn't fit. That being said...we have some recommendations for you, and ways you can save money without compromising quality.

Time Capsules 101: What are they and when to open them

Posted by J Reinhold on 10/26/2016 to About Time Capsules

Cupaloy Time Capsule Placement

Time Capsules 101: What are they and when to open them

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 time capsule ever - the Westinghouse Time Capsule of Cupaloy at the 1939 World's Fair. And it discusses how others have determined the opening year for their time capsule and the thinking behind them.

How to Size a Simple Plaque

Posted by J Reinhold on 8/16/2016 to About Plaques

8x10 Aluminum Plaque with LogoHow to Size a Simple Plaque

Art requirements for cast metal plaques are not the same as for print projects. You need to allow for spacing in between letters and lines. In this article, we discuss a quick way to figure the size of your plaque using the words you wish to put on it. We also include a few other helpful hints for you to know when you order one!

Insulating Your Time Capsule Container

Posted by J Reinhold on 8/8/2016 to FAQ

4 time capsules inside the Times CapsuleInsulating Your Time Capsule Container

Capturing Time from 1999

Case study from 1999's Millennium Times Capsule in New York City shows the challenges of placing a time capsule sculpture out in the open for 1,000 years.

Thinking about the challenges of insulation for that project leads to some timely suggestions for common time capsule placement as well.

Believe in Your Time Capsule!

Posted by J Reinhold on 3/25/2016 to FAQ

Believe in your time capsule!Believe in Your Time Capsule!

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!"

Don't Gamble on Your Time Capsule Container

Posted by J Reinhold on 12/11/2015 to About Time Capsules

don't gamble on a bad time capsule containerDon't Gamble on Your Time Capsule Container

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?

Time Capsule Size Revisited – What do I Really Need?

Posted by J Reinhold on 10/1/2015 to About Time Capsules

4 Family Time Capsule Sizes

Time Capsule Size Revisited – What do I Really Need?

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.

What size time capsule do I need?

Posted by J Reinhold on 10/1/2015 to About Time Capsules

Time Capsule Size

Time Capsule SizeWe’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.

Future Thinking Time Capsule Tips You Must Know

Posted by J Reinhold on 10/1/2015 to About Time Capsules

Time Capsule Keeper will remember the opening dateTime Capsule Tips for "Future Thinking"

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.

Laser Engraved Marking

Posted by J Reinhold on 10/1/2015 to About Engraving

Engraving for time capsulesFor a Beautiful, Unique Time Capsule

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.

7 Time Capsule Preservation Secrets Revealed

Posted by J Reinhold on 9/2/2015 to About Preservation
Using Tissue for Textile Items

7 Preservation Secrets

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, about paper, photos & more. Some info is from our Preservation Hints leaflet, included with all time capsules.

Standard vs First Quality Time Capsules

Posted by J Reinhold on 8/3/2015 to About Time Capsules
Inspection for 12 Important Quality Points

Future Line Standard Time Capsules

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?

A: There is only a minor cosmetic difference, and you can see more detail in this article.

Tips for Time Capsule Burial

Posted by J Reinhold on 8/1/2015 to FAQ

Burying a Family Time CapsuleTips 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.

When is a Time Capsule Vault Necessary?

Posted by J Reinhold on 7/6/2015 to About Time Capsules

Example of buried bolted time capsule

When is a Time Capsule Vault Necessary?

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.

Family Time Capsule Cylinders or Tubes Have Personality!

Posted by J Reinhold on 6/1/2015 to About Time Capsules

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Family Time Capsules Have 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".

Simple Time Capsule Project Planning

Posted by J Reinhold on 5/15/2015 to Events

Simple Time Capsule Project Planning

How to Make Your Time Capsule Project Work!

FoothillChristianTC3.jpgWhat 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...