Friday, 12 March 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse is located near the picturesque town of Old Saybrook, at the mouth of the mighty Connecticut River, USA. The lighthouse started showing a fixed white light on June 15, 1886 and is also known simply as "Outer Light". The white cast iron tower stands at the west end of the breakwater and was automated in 1959. It is 49ft tall (14.5 m) with a lantern, watch room, 4 stories and a basement. It is mounted on a concrete caisson and surrounded by rip rap. This is the lighthouse seen on Connecticut's special license plates.
On July 23, 2009, the Postal Service continued its popular series of lighthouses stamps issuing five commemorative stamps. Two 44–cent stamps from the Gulf Coast Lighthouses series illustrate this card: Sabine Pass, Louisiana and Matagorda Island, Texas. The definitive stamp “American Clock” features an artistic rendering of the dial, or face, of a banjo clock. Constructed of brass and steel in 1805, the banjo clock depicted on the stamp has a painted iron dial and a mahogany case crowned by a brass eagle.

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