1986 - Time Capsule
Library Board vice-chairman Marc Gillenson sifts through the severely damaged contents of a just-opened time capsule. Burbank mayor Mary Kelsey announces from a microphone the items held within the copper box to the gathered from the City Hall steps at the time capsule unveiling on November 24, 1986. According to the Los Angeles Times, the time capsule had been buried in the cornerstone of old Central Library in 1937 and was damaged when the building was demolished in 1963. It stayed unopened and was virtually forgotten until it was rediscovered in the spring of 1986 in the office closet of Library Director Marcia Richards at the newer Central Library. The unveiling event held in November as part of the city's 75th anniversary Diamond Jubilee Celebration was widely considered a disappointment, as the time capsule contained mostly uninteresting library documents--invoice for landscaping, etc.--that had disintegrated over time and from water damage due to "inadequate asbestos wrapping." Richards compared the event to Geraldo Rivera's infamous televised opening of Al Capone's vault. At the City Hall event, Burbank Mayor Mary Kelsey also oversaw the burying of a new capsule that was opened in 2011. "Mary Kelsey mayor, Marc Gillenson PSD" --back of photo.
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