Spectators were hoping to see blood when an 1896 time capsule was opened Monday in Quincy, Mass.
A 1952 article in the Quincy Patriot Ledger told how dignitaries signed their names in ox blood, while 3,000 citizens and bigwigs dedicated the cairn to mark the spot where Abigail Adams and 7-year-old John Quincy Adams watched the Battle of Bunker Hill more than a century-and-three-quarters before.
“Here it is,” whispered Quincy Historian Thomas Galvin, as he and Edward Fitzgerald, the historical society’s executive director, withdrew it from the box and untied a red ribbon to unwrap it.
It turns out, the signatures were painted in some sort of indelible ink – a good thing, because ox blood might not have lasted, some said. [Link]