Sunday, 27 June 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

My friend Carl sent me this nice viewcard of Lime Kiln lighthouse at dusk.  The Lime Kiln lighthouse is located on the west side of San Juan Island, the largest island of the archipelago, part of the U.S. state of Washington. Built in 1914, its name derived from the lime kilns built nearby in the 1860s. The 38 ft (12 m) octagonal cylindrical concrete tower sits on the rocky shoreline at the entrance to Haro Strait, a major shipping route to Vancouver, Canada. In 1985, the light station was leased by the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor as a center for whale tracking and research.
On July 14th, 2004 U.S. Postal Service issued a 23¢ definitive postage stamp in the Distinguished Americans stamp series honoring Wilma Rudolph. In the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome she became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games.
The Postal Service issued on June 1st, 2007 two stamps in the Scenic American Landscapes series and the 69¢ value features a photograph of a pond in the Okefenokee Swamp. The Okefenokee Swamp encompasses nearly 700 square miles in southeastern Georgia and a small portion of northern Florida. It is home to a wide range of animal and plant life, from alligators, cranes, and black bears to cypress trees and carnivorous plants.
The lighthouse stamp issued on July 9th, 1970 celebrates the sesquicentennial of Maine statehood and shows a painting of Edward Hopper named "The Lighthouse at Two Lights". It is the silhouette of the 129 ft lighthouse tower and adjoining keeper's house on a rocky promontory in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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