Friday, July 27, 2012

Hilarious Contents of My '97 Time Capsule

So here are the obscure items that my 12 year old self thought would be of interest to the people of the future.  I never expected to see this time capsule ever again.  I thought that someone would find it decades, maybe even 100 years later and then learn what a child of the end of the 20th century was like.  Ha!  
My time capsule was made from an old Jiff peanut butter jar.
The introductory note to the future discoverer was folded like this and read:
I hid the time capsule in the basement/cellar of my old house, behind the stairs.  I knew that hiding space wasn't the greatest, but I didn't have time to dig a hole.  Surprisingly the capsule remained hidden for almost eight years.  Mary and David, the new owners of that house, went along with my instructions and wrote their name and the date on the "I have seen Sarah's Time Capsul" page.  Their kids reopened it just a few days ago and signed below their parents.  Mary was so awesome to give it back to me.
Ah, the old folded fortune teller.  I included one with just girls names and the other with just boys.  They were names of my classmates, of course. 
Scratch paper, a Hacky Sack, a flashcard of Spanish colors I used in 3rd grade, How to Draw a dragon instructions taken from the comics section of the newspaper, and homemade Stick Sticklys.
Some pins from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, a spring, a tiny pencil from Lowe's, a pipe-cleaner-chicken in an mini Easter egg, a pencil topper, a Creepy Crawler, a Push-A-Point colored pencil, an IBC root beer bottle cap, a bookmark, a bracelet that I made, a mini maze puzzle, an unused box of crayons from Hard Rock Cafe, and what I thought was a test tube, but now know is a shot glass. 
These incredibly significant photos.  Read full story here
A tiny notebook and the other random photos I included: a chameleon, my cat Max, and a group photo taken on an Art Club field trip to Chicago in '97. 
 Inside the tiny notebook, I had a list of friends, names of my family members, list of my favorite numbers, an inventory list of the contents of the capsule, and what is shown here.  To the side is a list of "Popular Music Groups".  
 On the last page of the notebook, I wrote "My cat 'Punkin' died three years ago and is living on this property."  I think this is a clue as to where I buried the first time capsule I made.  I used a tin Folger's Cofee can and buried it within two feet of my cat.
No time capsule would be complete without an homage to The Beatles.  I wrote up that little summary myself.  This is an example of my first computer skills.  Lol.

Well, I'm  very glad that I had the foresight to do this as a kid.  Although the capsule didn't end up in a museum, it has sure made my day. 


  1. I think your homage to the Beatles makes up for your ill-advised love of Hanson. :)

    1. LOLOLOLOL! There was hope for me after all! ;)

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