Sunday, 27 March 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park located at the southern tip of Key Biscayne is the home of the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse built in 1825. This light station is Florida's oldest; the original tower was gutted by fire during an attack by Seminole Indians in 1836. The present lighthouse was reconstructed in 1846, but the 95 ft (29 m) white brick tower was extinguished in 1878.
Hurricanes and tropical storms destroyed the keeper’s house and beach erosion endangered the lighthouse. In 1967, the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park was opened and it started the efforts and campaigns to restore the light. The 1-1/2 story brick keeper's house and other station buildings are replicas built in 1970.One hundred years after Cape Florida Light had been extinguished, it was re-lit on July 4, 1978.
In August 1992, Hurricane Andrew caused major damage to the tower. Once again the tower was extinguished and needed extensive repairs; the state again came to the rescue, restoring it in time for Miami’s Centennial Celebration in 1996.
US Postal Service introduced its Celebrating Lunar New Year series in 2008 and in 2011 issued the fourth stamp on January, 22nd. The 44-cent stamp celebrates the Year of the Rabbit which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. It depicts kumquats, which are eaten for luck and given as special gifts, a design of a rabbit and the Chinese character for "Rabbit."
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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