Wednesday, 13 October 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM NORWAY

Lista Lighthouse is the last lighthouse in Norway before the North Sea, near to the southernmost point of Norway. Lit is located about 800 m (1/2 mi) west of Vestbygd, a village in the municipality of Farsund. The first light station was established in the prominent cape in November 1836. The actual 34 m (112 ft) round granite tower was built in 1853 and its light reaches 17.5 nautical miles out to sea. A well-preserved 2-story keeper's house, a fog signal house and garage flank the unpainted dark gray stone tower. Approximately 60.000 visitors come to Lista Lighthouse all the year round, where the attractions include an information centre, a meteorological and an ornithological station, art exhibitions and small concerts. The tower is open daily over the Easter weekend and in June, July, and August.
Astronomy was the theme for 2009 Europa stamps, which also marked the International Year of Astronomy. This NOK 12.00 stamp issued on June 12, 2009 shows an image of the Moon. The average distance from the Moon to the Earth is 384,400 km. It is always the same side of the Moon that faces the Earth. Real meteorite dust has been sprinkled beside the country name on the stamp. Meteorites are about 4.6 million years old, much older than the oldest rocks that have been found on Earth.
The Kr 1.00 definitive stamp shows the posthorn, an important part of the postman’s equipment in the olden days. The mail carrier blew his posthorn to warn people to get out of the way as the mail coach approached. The posthorn was also handy to have if the mail carrier needed help, was waylaid or was involved in an accident. On approaching the farm where he planned to rest, the mail carrier would blow his horn to tell the farmer to prepare food and a bed for him. The posthorn was at that time and it was a familiar symbol representing status. Architect Andreas Friedrich Wilhelm von Hanno was responsible for the design of Norway’s first posthorn stamps, which saw the light of day in 1872. Norway’s posthorn stamps are therefore the world’s longest-running definitive series.

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