Indestructible Container to Keep Records 10,000 Years (Jan, 1932)

Indestructible Container to Keep Records 10,000 Years

PEOPLE living 10,000 years hence will have an opportunity to know what manner of people we of this age are through a scheme devised recently by a Japanese scientist which makes use of a special indestructible container that will preserve records intact against the ravages of milleniums.

Records describing conditions of the present will be written in Chinese ink on scrolls of dark blue Japanese paper, which is said to be more durable than any other material. Of especial interest in this project is the unique container in which the scrolls will be kept to inform the peoples of far-off centuries what things were like in this era. The inner container consists of a jar made of rods of fused quartz crystal and lined with asbestos-covered bands as illustrated in the accompanying drawing.

Bound with asbestos braid and tape, this jar will be exhausted of air, sealed at the top and then placed in an intermediate lead container. Finally the lead container will be sealed and placed in a cylinder of carborundum.

  1. Toronto says: December 3, 20082:32 am

    I’ll try to ignore the asbestos and lead (playthings of mine, years ago) and ask, what’s up with that “dark blue Japanese paper? I remember balsa wood aircraft kits coming with a dark blue tissue – any connection?

  2. jayessell says: December 3, 20089:33 am

    Some inks fade with time.
    Pencil messages are preferred for time capsules.

    This article predates the Westinghouse Time Capsule of
    The 1938 World’s Fair.

  3. slim says: December 3, 20084:32 pm

    Now if they could only remember where they put it.

  4. nlpnt says: December 3, 200811:53 pm

    I think “dark blue Japanese paper” is a typo and the INK is dark blue- the cut specifies white paper.

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