The Obelisk in Central Park Postcard


Dublin Core


The Obelisk in Central Park Postcard

Alternative Title

Obelisk in Central Park Postcard


Parks--United States


A postcard depicting The Obelisk in Central Park in New York City's Manhattan borough, which is also known as Cleopatra's Needle. The obelisk was built in 1450 B.C.E. by Thutmose III (1481-1425), the pharaoh that ruled over Ancient Egypt. Over three thousand years later, in 1877, it was sold to the United States by Isma'il Pasha (1830-1895), the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan, to modernize Egypt, making it the oldest manmade object in Central Park and the older outdoor monument in the city. The Obelisk weighs 220 tons and took 112 days to transport from the Hudson River to the park, where it was turned upright before a large crowd on January 22, 1881.

This postcard is part of a collection of postcards kept by Lucile Campbell, a schoolteacher in Sanford, Florida, for 30 years. In 1931, she took advantage of a special rate for teachers and sailed to Europe, where she traveled for several months and is thought to have acquired many of these postcards. During the 1940-1941 school year, Campbell taught at Sanford Grammar School. Before her retirement in 1970, she taught at many other area schools, including the Oviedo School, Westside Grammar School, and Pinecrest Elementary School. Campbell used these postcards as aids in her classrooms to teach advanced subjects, such as Shakespearean drama. The collection, along with her other teaching aids, papers, and photographs, was later found at Sanford Grammar School after it became the University of Central Florida's Public History Center. Campbell's postcard collection and photographs provide insight into the life of a respected Florida educator.


Original 3 x 5 inch color postcard: ACC# SM-00-243, file folder 1 (U.S. blanks), box 10A, Lucile (Mary Lucile) Campbell Collection, UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.


Lumitone Photoprint

Date Created

ca. 1930-1939

Date Copyrighted

ca. 1930-1939


Campbell, Lucile

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 3 x 5 inch color postcard.

Is Part Of

File folder 1 (U.S. blanks), box 10A, Lucile (Mary Lucile) Campbell Collection, UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.
Lucile Campbell Collection, Student Museum and UCF Public History Center Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




307 KB


3 x 5 inch color postcard




Still Image


Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York

Accrual Method



History Teacher
Geography Teacher


Originally published by Lumitone Photoprint.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the UCF Public History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Aphasia Project


Raffel, Sara

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Obelisk." Central Park Conservancy.

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

1 color postcard

Physical Dimensions

3 x 5 inches


“The Obelisk in Central Park Postcard,” RICHES, accessed May 19, 2024,