Los Angeles Magazine Presents: Time Capsules Under Los Angeles 1904-2106


Last month Los Angeles magazine celebrated our 50th anniversary in a big way. One of the ways we marked the occasion was to bury a four-foot-long time capsule. When you read Editor-In-Chief Mary Melton’s note in the August issue, you’ll hear the idea behind the project and how important it is to all of us. Our etched cylinder currently lies under several feet of dirt, a concrete pad and five tons of tumbled blue teal art glass here at 5900 Wilshire. We hope you’ll join us at the grand unveiling in 2061. This seemed like the perfect moment to scout for other time capsules in greater L.A. We scoured old newspapers and other resources to compile a list and map of over one hundred locations here, along with their dates of internment and hopeful rescue times. We’re putting these folks on notice to get their shovels sharpened. To be unearthed in 2013 are trinkets buried at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse and at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas. The City of Burbank just dug up their 1980s treasures at a big gala earlier this month. It contained perfectly preserved banners, a high school yearbook and a VHS tape. Ours is way cooler. Stay tuned.

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