National Geographic : 1935 Aug
SHADOWY LONDON BY NIGHT ©H. B. Burdekin BRONZE SPHINXES, CROUCHING IN THE SHADOWS, GUARD "CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE" The granite obelisk, which rises from the darkly silhouetted base at the left, has nothing to do with Cleo patra. It dates from Egypt's Golden Age, about 1500 B. C., whereas the famous Queen lived a generation before Christ. Beneath the column are sealed receptacles containing costumes, coins, and photographs of Eng land's civilization of 57 years ago, when the obelisk was sent to London and set up here beside the Thames. Its twin, also popularly known as Cleopatra's Needle, stands in Central Park, New York.