Saturday, 29 May 2010

COVER AND POSTCARD FROM TAIWAN

My Taiwanese friend Hong-Yi sent me this cover with lighthouse stamps and a nice postcard. On April 21, 1989, Taiwan Post issued fifteen definitive lighthouse stamps and the stamps featured on the cover are: Oluan Pi Lighthouse (value 9.00) and Tungchu Tao Lighthouse (value 12.00).


The Chihou Lighthouse is one of the best known and most visited of all Taiwanese lighthouses and is located on the summit of Chihou Hill, at the north end of Cijin Island in Kaohsiung. The lighthouse was built by English technicians in 1883 during Ching Dynasty, after the port was opened to foreign trading. In 1916, the Japanese made an extensive renovation of the lighthouse as part of the expansion of Kaohsiung port. The lighthouse plays a crucial role in guiding ships since 1918 during night sailing. Chihou was one of the few major Taiwanese lighthouses to escape World War II undamaged. The 15 m (49 ft) octagonal cylindrical brick tower rises from a 1-story brick keeper's house. The light is still active and hosts a museum at the keeper's house.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

Angela from Massachusets sent me this pretty lighthouse scene from her state. Cape Poge Lighthouse is at the northeast tip of Chappaquiddick, an island that is part of Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. At least four towers have been built on Cape Poge, with many moves. The first station was established in 1801 and the current 35-foot (11 m) tower was constructed in 1893. The round shingle-clad wood tower has been relocated away from the water's edge four times: the last relocation was 500 ft (150 m) in 1987, by helicopter. It is still active and the current light is a 300 mm solar powered beacon that flashes white every 6 seconds and is visible for 9 nautical miles.


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: William S. Hart, Tom Mix, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. The stamp presents Roy Rogers, an American singer and cowboy actor, born Leonard Franklin Slye in 1911. Known as "King of the Cowboys", Rogers died of congestive heart failure on July 6, 1998.

On April 30, 2010 U.S. Postal Service issued a 44–cent, Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet special stamp in ten designs.

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.

Friday, 14 May 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM ITALY

Giovanni from the Italian island of Sardegna sent me this nice viewcard to my lighthouse collection. The Mangiabarche Lighthouse is located in the Mediterranean Sea near the southwestern coast of Sardinia. It is located off the northwest point of the Isola di Sant'Antioco, marking the 2.4 km (1.5 mi) wide channel between that island and the Isola di San Pietro. It was built in 1935 on a rock whose Italian name is Mangiabarche meaning in English "Boat Eater". The 11 m (36 ft) round stone tower warn of the nearly invisible shoals in the channel.


Poste Italiane issued on October 10, 2008 a promotional stamp celebrating the “Italia 2009” International Philately Festival. “Italia 2009” is a great philatelic festival to be held in Rome, at the Palazzo dei Congressi, from 21 to 25 October 2009.Its organisation is taken care by Poste Italiane together with FSFI, the Federation of the Italian Philatelic Societies and AFIP, the Association of Italian Philatelic Traders. Italia 2009 will include a competitive exhibition open to collectors. The stamp depicts the image La Bocca della Verità (in English, "the Mouth of Truth"), carved from Pavonazzetto marble, of a man-like face, located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The logo of the festival appears at the right corner of the stamp.

Monday, 3 May 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM ITALY

My friend Davide sent me a lighthouse postcard to increase my topical collection. This famous and magnificent lighthouse is located near the ferry-boat terminal in Genoa, capital of the region of Liguria. La Lanterna (as it is known) is the symbol of Genoa and the arms of the city are painted on the sides of the lower stage. It is a 77 m (253 ft) two-stage square cylindrical stone tower with lantern and two galleries, one at the top of each stage. Built on a rock of 40 metres of height, the top of the Lanterna stands therefore at 117 metres above the sea level. Its light is visible from more than 50 kilometres away. The lighthouse, as we see it today, was built in 1543; it is believed that the original lighthouse (which was nearly as tall) stood on this site as early as 1128 (another source says 1161), and a lamp fueled by olive oil was installed in 1326.
The lighthouse was restored by the Provincia di Genova between 1995 and 2004. Visitors are allowed to climb 172 steps to the first gallery, which is 36 m (118 ft) above the foot of the tower and 76 m (249 ft) above the water. A museum has been built nearby in part of the Savoy fortifications that surround the tower. Here it is possible to see lamps, lenses and other lighthouse-related objects.

Poste Italiane issued on February 12, 2010 a stamp dedicated to the Youth Olympic Games “Singapore 2010” featuring a number of young athletes with their arms raised, representing a move aimed at capturing a ball, which symbolizes the Earth's surface; in the centre at the top is the logo of the event, with the five Olympic rings.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM ITALY

Cape Palascìa, commonly known as Capo d'Otranto, is Italy's most easterly point. It is situated about 5 km (3 mi) southeast of Otranto, in the Province of Lecce. The Capo d’Otranto lighthouse was built in 1867 and is inactive since the 1970s. The 32 m (105 ft) round stone tower rises from a 2-story keeper's house and is often visited by tourists, especially at New Year, since it stands at the point where the dawn of the New Year may first be seen in Italy. According to nautical conventions, Capo d'Otranto marks the point where the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea meet. The lighthouse of Otranto, after a restoration of the main building, was reopened on December 19, 2008 and hosts the Centre on Environment and Health of the Mediterranean ecosystems (ObsEco) and a multimedia museum of the sea.

On July 7th, 2008 the Italian Post issued two commemorative stamps dedicated to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The 0.85 € value depicts a dish surrounded by two different frames, some figures of athletes and at the center of the disc are played the five Olympic rings. On the left side, some athletes who remember the figures depicted on Greek pottery, while on the right side, some figures of Eastern athletes.

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM AUSTRALIA

My friend Emma sent me a nice viewcard of Wollongong in New South Wales.Wollongong is the only point on the eastern coast of Australia which has two lighthouses. The old Wollongong Harbour Lighthouse is located on the end of the breakwater and was built in 1871. The 12 m (40 ft) tapered round wrought iron tower, painted white, is inactive since 1974. Due to years of neglect the wrought iron plates, railing and footing had deteriorated so much that the lighthouse was considered for demolition in the 1970s, however the Wollongong community contributed to its full restoration in 1978-79. A complete restoration was begun in 2000 and the light was relit in connection with an international lighthouse conference in Sydney in 2002. Since then, the lighthouse is still lit up for special events like Breast Cancer Charity, for example. It is still the original configuration, divided into three storeys with wooden floors, each storey being connected by iron ladders.
On September 8, 2008 Australia Post issued a set of four stamps named Waterfalls Australia depicting four falls found around the country. The $1.40 value presents the popular Russell Falls in Tasmania’s Mt. Field National Park, located some 60 kilometers north-west of Hobart. Nestled among trees, the waterfall has two main drops of around 15 meters each, above which are smaller rock faces. The Falls Reserve was proclaimed Tasmania’s first nature reserve in 1885.