U of C time capsule treasures: Phone book, nickel

June 2, 2011 (CHICAGO)

The University of Chicago Thursday unearthed a copper box from the cornerstone of the Research Institute building, which will soon be demolished.

It was buried there back in 1949 by Enrico Fermi, one of the key scientists who developed the atomic bomb, and university president Robert Maynard Hutchins.

High anticipation quickly turned to laughs.

The contents included a 1948 campus phone book, a 1927 buffalo nickel, and a brochure from Capital Airlines.

A flight from Chicago to Washington D.C. back then cost just $47.

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