The World of Tomorrow

Preparing to cosign the Time Capsule to its 5,000 year resting place are A.W. Robertson, Westinghouse Electric Company’s chairman of the board (left) and Grover A. Whalen, president of the New York World’s Fair

One of the first exhibits to receive attention at the 1939-40 New York World Fair was the Westinghouse Time Capsule, which was not to be opened for 5,000 years (the year 6939). The time capsule was a tube containing writings by Albert Einstein and Thomas Mann, copies of Life Magazine, a Mickey Mouse watch, a Gillette safety razor, a kewpie doll, a dollar in change, a pack of Camel cigarettes, millions of pages of text on microfilm, and many more totally obsolate items.