Sunday, 4 July 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

Heceta Head Light is a lighthouse located on the Oregon Coast 13 miles (21 km) north of Florence, Oregon, United States. Surely one of the most dramatically beautiful light stations of the world, high above the Pacific and surrounded by the Siuslaw National Forest, Heceta was first lit on May 30, 1894. The 56 ft (17 m) stucco-clad brick tower attached to workroom shines a beam visible for 21 miles (34 km), making it the strongest light on the Oregon Coast. The original Chance Brothers 1st order Fresnel lens is still in use, even after repairs in 2001 and 2009 that shut down the lighthouse. The original 2-story Queen Anne-style wood keeper's house, known as Heceta House, is now used as a bed and breakfast inn. Thank you, Traci!
Katharine Hepburn, one of America’s most fascinating and awarded film stars, is remembered by US Postal Service on a 44–cent commemorative stamp issued on May 12, 2010. Hepburn holds the record for the most Best Actress Oscar wins with four, from 12 nominations.
On May 27, 2010, US issued a 44-cent commemorative stamp honoring Kate Smith, the celebrated singer and entertainer, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America".
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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