National Geographic : 1939 Apr
U.rawn Dy n. i . retuit HOW TO REACH THE WORLD'S FAIR IS SHOWN BY THIS PAINTING Skyscrapers of Manhattan rise in far background, beyond the East River. Bridges that lead from New York City over to Long Island and connect with roads that run to the fairgrounds, read ing left to right, are: (1) Brooklyn Bridge, (2) Manhattan, (3) Williamsburg, (4) Queensborough, (5) Triborough, (6) at extreme right, the new Whitestone Bridge, convenient for motorists from Canada and New England. Visitors coming by air may land at (7) North Beach Airport; it is new, handles both land and sea planes, and as the terminus for coming transatlantic air traffic is destined to become an important news source in the world of tomorrow. No. 8 shows Flushing Bay boat piers. From Triborough Bridge (5), Grand Central Parkway (9) leads east to and past the fair grounds. At right angles to the Parkway (9) appear the tracks of the Long Island Railroad and the I. R. T .- B. M. T. subways (10 and 11). Fair Station of Independent Subway stands at bottom center (12). Finally, (13) down into its "Immortal Well" was sunk the Westinghouse Company's "Time Capsule." In the year 6939, or 5,000 years from now, it is hoped that future archeologists may find and open this odd capsule to learn much about our civilization. Scientists, engineers, librarians, and others carefully chose the records now buried in this copper capsule, including 40 articles of common use ranging from a watch and an electric lamp to coins, a camera, a razor, a toothbrush, and a pair of eyeglasses. Most important are some 10,000,000 microfilm words on "our times." Greetings from "us" to the "futurians" are here, also the Lord's Prayer in 300 languages, a dictionary, pictures of homes, and accounts of how we are living and working in 1939.