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All they needed was a little maintenance work, but suddenly a Cherry Hill couple was launched into a 55-year-old mystery.

While fixing a leaking pipe in Vince and Kristen Clerico’s bathroom, a workman found something strange hidden behind the wall: An aluminum foil time capsule filled with relics of South Jersey days gone by.

Inside were incredible treasures: The front page of the Oct. 26, 1966 Courier Post showcased stories about flying saucers and President Johnson’s thoughts on the Vietnam war. A copy of Teen Magazine gave dating advice, and a faded blue-lined note stated the capsule’s purpose: to let people know what life was like for teenagers in 1966. It was signed, Love, Gail ’66.

The couple posted the contents of the capsule on a Cherry Hill Facebook page, and suddenly a lot of people started tagging Gail Horn London, who grew up in the house alongside her brother and sister. They all connected on video chat, where Gail told the Clerico’s that when she moved out of the house at 13 years old, she wanted to leave something behind.

The Clerico’s plan to make a framed display out of the time capsule. And who knows – maybe they’ll leave their own capsule behind for new residents to find in 2076.

November 2021
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