Friday, 21 May 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

My friend Carrick from USA sent me the viewcard of a well-known lighthouse of the Atlantic coast. Cape Neddick Lighthouse stands on an island about 100yd (90m) off Cape Neddick Point at York Beach, Maine. Built in 1879 and still in use today, the light station is one of Maine's best known and most visited lighthouses. The round cylindrical cast iron tower stands 41 feet (12.5 m) tall and is adjacent to a 2-story wood keeper's house. The lighthouse is inaccessible to the general public, but the nearby mainland is occupied by Sohier Park which offers a telescope with which to view the lighthouse and a gift shop maintained by the Town of York.

US Postal Service issued on June 14, 2008 a set of 10 self-adhesive stamps named “Flags of our nation”. The stamps are the first of a series of 60 stamps featuring the Stars and Stripes (USA flag), the fifty state flags, five territorial flags, and the District of Columbia flag that will be issued each year through 2010. In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. The first set of stamps salute the U.S. flag and the flags of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut and Delaware. On the card we see the 42–cent Alabama flag stamp.

On January 14, 2010, US Postal Service issued a 44–cent stamp celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year: Year of the Tiger. To commemorate the Year of the Tiger, which began February 14, 2010, they chose narcissus flowers, considered auspicious at any time of the year and, thus, especially appropriate at this time of renewed hope for the future.

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