Sunday, 27 March 2011

FDC AND MAXICARDS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa issued on June 9th, 1988 a set of four stamps depicting beautiful lighthouses on the country’s coast. My friend Bruce sent me the stamps, First Day Cover and the maxicards: what an addition to my collection, pal. Thanks!
Besides the four stamps, the commemorative envelope brings the tower and lantern of Green Point Light at the first day postmark and a photo of Cape Point Lighthouse located in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
Namibia is the country formerly called South West Africa. During the World War I in 1915, South Africa occupied the territory and remained in control for the next 75 years.
Pelican Point Lighthouse is located at a peninsula in the western side of Walvis Bay, Namibia and illustrates the 16¢ stamp. Built in 1932, the 34 m (112 ft) round cast iron tower is painted with black and white horizontal bands. The adjacent 3-story building, apparently abandoned now, was a harbor control center and light keeper’s house.
Namibia Post issued in June 2010 a set of three stamps depicting Pelican Point Light. I posted this issue at this blog last February 6th.

The 30¢ stamp presents the Green Point Lighthouse in Cape Town, a 16 m (52 ft) square 4-story brick tower painted white, with red and white diagonal bands. It was first lit on April 12, 1824 and is South Africa's oldest lighthouse.

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse illustrates the 40¢ stamp: it is South Africa's third oldest light station, first lit on March 1st, 1849. The 27 m (89 ft) sandstone tower, painted white with two red horizontal bands, rises through the center of a 1-story keeper's house. I posted a beautiful Cape Agulhas Light postcard at this blog on November 12, 2010.
Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse was first lit on November, 24th 1954 to replace the Bluff lighthouse, which was commissioned in 1869 but had to be abandoned due to its rapid deterioration. The 21 m (69 ft) cylindrical concrete tower stands 21m above the beach and guides ships into the safety of the Durban harbor.

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