Monday, November 10, 2014

Cleopatra's Needle

London
Cleopatra's Needle, Victoria Embankment
City of Westminster
London, September 2014

“On erection of the obelisk in 1878 a time capsule was concealed in the front part of the pedestal, it contained : A set of 12 photographs of the best looking English women of the day, a box of hairpins, a box of cigars, several tobacco pipes, a set of imperial weights, a baby's bottle, some children's toys, a shilling razor, a hydraulic jack and some samples of the cable used in erection, a 3' bronze model of the monument, a complete set of British coins, a rupee, a portrait of Queen Victoria, a written history of the strange tale of the transport of the monument, plans on vellum, a translation of the inscriptions, copies of the bible in several languages, a copy of John 3:16 in 215 languages, a copy of Whitaker's Almanack, a Bradshaw Railway Guide, a map of London and copies of 10 daily newspapers.”
(The London needle, Wikipedia)

1 comment:

Revrunner said...

"A set of 12 photographs of the best looking English women of the day." Just to prove, I suppose, that the English were no slouches in that regard. :-)