Tuesday, 8 June 2010

COVER AND LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

Carrick from California sent me an interesting cover with three ancient stamps and two recent issues. The black brown 3¢ stamp issued on August 5th, 1956, honors Wheatland, the home of President James Buchanan in Lancaster, PA. The 4¢ stamp issued on December 28, 1961 features a student nurse lighting candle. On April 1st, 1965 USA issued the 5¢ Crusade against Cancer stamp depicting a microscope and a stethoscope.
On April 17, 2010, the US Postal Service issued a 44–cent commemorative stamp in four designs named Cowboys of the Silver Screen. The stamps honor four extraordinary performers who helped make the American Western a popular form of entertainment. On the cover we have two actors: Tom Mix and Gene Autry. Tom Mix was Hollywood’s first Western megastar. Born Thomas Hezikiah Mix, “Tom” was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies. Orvon Eugene Autry, better known as Gene Autry, was an American performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies and on television for more than three decades beginning in the 1930s.

The Battery Point Lighthouse was one of the first lighthouses on the California coast built in 1856. The lighthouse is located on a small island just outside Crescent City's Harbor. The 45 ft (14 m) cylindrical brick tower on the roof of a 1-1/2 story granite keeper's house was inactive from 1965 to 1982. On December 10, 1982, the light in the lighthouse tower was lit again, and the Battery Point Lighthouse was listed as a private aid to navigation. Visits to the Battery Point Lighthouse and Island are only possible at low tides. Extreme care and caution should be used when crossing the two hundred feet between the mainland and island anytime wave action may cover the crossing area. The tower and a museum are opened to visits in season.

U.S. Postal Service issued on August 11, 2009 the commemorative 20-stamp sheet “Early TV Memories” that honors 20 television icons. A ceremony at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood marked the release of the issue and the FDC above brings Lassie, the eternal collie dog.

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