Sunday, 6 February 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

Once more my friend Alex fill up my collections of stamps, a postal card and a lot of important information.
Biloxi Lighthouse is a 61 ft (18.5 m) white cast iron tower located in the median of Highway 90, at the foot of Porter Street in Biloxi, Mississippi. Built in 1848, it is the second-oldest cast iron lighthouse in the U.S. and became the last standing of the more than ten lighthouses originally built to mark the Mississippi coastline. The keeper's houses were destroyed by Hurricane Camille in 1969. Although the lighthouse survived the Hurricane Katrina, which caused so much devastation in Biloxi and the surrounding Gulf Coast in 2005, its interior brick lining was damaged and required extensive repair. On February 19, 2010, a rededication ceremony was held for a gleaming white Biloxi Lighthouse that had just undergone a $400,000 makeover, during which the tower was rewired, the interior brick lining was rebuilt, new exterior lighting was installed, and the decorative metal fence surrounding the base of the tower was restored.
The U.S. Postal Service released on July 23, 2009 its popular series of Lighthouses stamps presenting five Gulf Coast Lighthouses. On the postcard we see two 44¢ stamps: the 131 ft (40 m) brick Sand Island Light in Alabama and the 82 ft (25 m) hexagonal cast iron tower mounted on the walls of Fort Jefferson, Florida. The 28¢ stamp depicts exactly the white cast iron Biloxi Lighthouse.

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