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Storage on a massive scale!

What more can we say, we LOVE storage!  Over the years INeedStorage has collected a ton of information, names, addresses, and locations that add up to a vast amount of self-storage space in California. With over 4,000 facilities you can imagine how much stuff that is, and all that stuff sparked out interest. What other places out there store large amounts of stuff? We found a few interesting places that take storage to extreme levels.

Gold Vault below the Federal Reserve Bank in New YorkLet’s start off with the good stuff, money, more specifically, GOLD! The Federal Reserve Bank of New York houses the world’s largest gold vault. With a current record of approximately 530,000 gold bars weighing in excess of 6,000 tons this massive vault contains 122 storage compartments for storing individual account holder’s bars. The vault sits on bedrock 80 feet below street level, even lower than the subway system. With many security measures in place the pinnacle is the 90 ton steel cylinder that is set within a 140 ton concrete and steel frame. This is some crazy storage but if you are protecting a current market value of 275 billion in world assets I guess it had better be.

 

Book shelves in the Library of CongressIf money’s not your thing but knowledge is you would be right at home in the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. The Library spans 3 buildings which houses a collection of over 158 million pieces that include more than 36 million books and written materials in languages from all over the globe. In totally the library contains more than 838 miles of shelves that house the books.  They even store films, sheet music and audio recordings and are expanding the collection by an estimated 12,000 pieces every day.  Anyone over the age of 16 has access to the library.

Milestii Mici the worlds larges wine storage!

There is nothing better than winding your day down with a nice glass of wine, am I right? Milestii Mici, Moldava is home to the Guinness World Record holder of world’s largest winery.  Founded in 1969 as a place to store and mature high-end wines, the Milestii Mici now houses almost 2 million bottles of the “holy drink”.  Known as the underground wine city, a car or bicycle is often used by employees to travel the 155 mile length of this massive vino storage. The bottles are stored within the limestone walls at a temperature of between 53 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit year round, the ideal temperature for wines.  Remember that one for storing your own private collection.

The Smithsonian CastleLast but not least we come to one of the world’s largest storage facilities for stuff. The Smithsonian Institution is not just one building but a collection of 19 museums and 9 research facilities that contain more than 135 million items! That my friends, is a lot of stuff. Established in 1846 and located primarily in Washington D.C. with buildings in other locations throughout the United States the Smithsonian is home to some of the world’s greatest treasures including the Hope Diamond, a compass used on the Lewis and Clark expedition, and Edison light bulb from 1886, and the Wright Flyer. They even have a zoo! Admission is free to all visitors and the museum’s are open every day of the year except for Christmas and of course during the occasional government shutdown.

Sources :

http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/the-biggest/the-10-biggest-wine-collections-in-the-world/

http://www.newyorkfed.org/aboutthefed/goldvault.html#top

http://www.loc.gov/

http://www.si.edu/

Welcome To California!

Welcome to California signWelcome to California! If you were ever in search of a place that has it all look no further. Within this beautiful state you can find almost any type of terrain out there. From Mountain tops and lush Redwood forests, to sandy beaches that span most of the 800 mile long coastline. Some like it hot, so if deserts are your thing, well, we have those too. We love our state here at I Need Storage and we could spend days, if not weeks, telling you all of the wonderful places to visit, so we want to share with you a few of our favorite!

San_Diego_skyline01Working our way up from the south our first stop is San Diego. Sometimes known as “America’s finest city” San Diego boasts some of the states finest attractions, pristine beaches, and sun just about 75% of the year.  Home to UCSD and the world renowned San Diego Zoo, one of our favorite places to visit is Balboa Park. Also known as the “Smithsonian of the West” Balboa Park is home to 15 museums as well as performance venues, gardens, and a plethora of attractions.

Mickey MouseNext up we have the home of the stars, Los Angeles.  The City of Angels, as it is known, is the second largest city in the United States. Home to many museums, music, theater, and dance venues, Night clubs, sports teams, movie stars, and Disneyland, the list goes on and on. If we haven’t been clear, there is no shortage of entertainment here.

Death ValleyMaking our way a little north east we have the desert.  If you dare, you can make your way to Furnace Creek home of the highest ever recorded temperature in the world at 134F. If Golf is your thing you can register for the Heatstroke Open 2014 held on June 21-22, make sure to pack your golf balls on ice!

 

Yosemite National ParkTraveling on we reach the High Sierra. Home to Vast forests, mountain peaks that reach upwards of 10,000 feet and beyond, and beautiful lakes such as Mammoth Lakes and Lake Tahoe, The Sierra Nevada’s are nothing short of breathtaking. Housed within this mountain range you can find Yosemite National Park. This year marks the parks 150th year of becoming the United States first protected wild land. Year round the park offers spectacular views and adventures that will bring out the 19th Century Pioneer in you.

 

The Golden Gate BridgeHeading west from the mountain range we find the San Francisco Bay Area! One of the world’s largest melting pots for diversity and innovation the “Bay Area” (as it is more commonly known) is home to everything from Silicon Valley to the renowned Napa Valley. Tourist destinations include the likes of the haunted Winchester Mystery House, Alcatraz Island, The Golden Gate Bridge, and the Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia….yup, you heard that right! If you are planning a trip to this part of California, plan on staying a while. The sights and attractions are just about endless.

We haven’t even really scratched the surface of what this great state has to offer. Even if you live here chances are you haven’t experienced it all and if you live elsewhere, plan a visit and stay a while, we know you’ll love it!

Comment and share with us some of your favorite spots in California!

 

Sources:

http://www.visitcalifornia.com/

http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/

http://www.burlingamepezmuseum.com/

http://www.furnacecreekresort.com/

Motion Picture Preservation!

With the 2014 Oscars at a close, we here at INeedStorage wondered, where do we store all of those great films? We searched the depths of time and space (Google) to find out!

Nitrate Film Storage At The Packard Campus

One of 124 individual vaults for the more flammable nitrate film.

To understand the great lengths that Universal Studios, MGM, and many other motion pictures studios go to in order to preserve their investments we need to take a look at the lessons learned.  Film preservation was not of deep concern up until the past 20 years. Movies recorded on cellulose nitrate from the late 1800’s up until the 1950’s as well as cellulose acetate (plastic) films from the 1950’s on, were found to be deteriorating at rapid levels. As a result it is said the upwards of 90 percent of silent films and 50 percent of sound films made in America have been lost to decomposition.

Thanks to research performed by companies such as Kodak and, The Image Permanence Institute, it has been found that the remaining nitrate and cellulose films as well as more modern day polyester are best preserved in vaults that control temperature as well as humidity. With this information many motion picture companies have installed their own vaults that keep the film roughly in the area of 57 degrees with a humidity level of 50 percent. The UCLA Film and Television Archive is even said to have a vault within a vault that keeps extremely rare negatives at 46.8 degrees. The largest of all these you ask, The Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. The Campus houses the world’s largest collection of film, television programs, radio broadcasts, and sound recordings all within a 415,000 square foot building containing 95 miles of shelving, 35 climate controlled vaults, and 124 specialty vaults for the flammable nitrate film. Now that’s what we call storage!

Photo of the Packard Campus

The Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. Photo by Bob Bieberdorf

With the switch from 35mm to digital in the film industry, storage has once again become a major issue. With storage costs for digital being upwards of 1100% more costly than storing regular film and the fact that there is not yet a reliable media for storing digital copies for hundreds of years, many in the industry are questioning and criticizing the use of digital film. One strong example, of how un-reliable technology in cinematography can be, The Pixar film Toy Story 2 had almost been completely lost due to a delete command accidentally entered on one of the companies computers containing the film. To make things worse, the backups that they had were faulty. The only thing that saved their $245,852,179 domestic box office take was the fact that an employee had made her own backups to show her kids on a family vacation. Talk about a close one right?

Scene from toy story 2

For the film industry, choosing the right storage means saving money as well as preserving the past. Pore Leo might not have his golden statue to pass down through the generations but his family will be able to see his accomplishments for years to come.

 

Sources:

http://www.filmpreservation.org/preservation-basics/the-film-preservation-guide

http://www.laweekly.com/2012-04-12/film-tv/35-mm-film-digital-Hollywood/?storyPage=6

http://www.loc.gov/film/storage.html

http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=toystory2.htm