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Remembrance of Things Present: The Invention of the Time Capsule

Nick Yablon


Much has been written about how social groups construct, exploit, or erase memories of their past, but little about how they compete to shape future memories of their present. This book investigates a pervasive yet understudied manifestation of this impulse: the time capsule. Although objects have been ritually deposited since antiquity, the idea of specifying an opening date surfaced during the US centennial of 1876. It was a product, the book claims, of expanded horizons of communication in the telegraphic and telephonic age, but also of growing doubts about traditional vehicles of memory su ... More

Keywords: memory, future, temporality, public history, media, archives, material culture, cities, communication, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226574134
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226574271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Yablon, author
University of Iowa