Sunday, 24 July 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

Located in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast the city of Pompano Beach houses the beautiful Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, on the north side of Hillsboro Inlet. The light marks the northern limit of the Florida Reef, an underwater coral formation on the lower east coast of the state.
 The pyramidal tower was built at Russel Wheel & Foundry Co in Detroit, Michigan, and was shipped via Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, Illinois and Mississippi River, to the Gulf of Mexico on a 4,000 nautical-mile trip. The 137 ft (42 m) octagonal pyramidal skeletal tower with a central cylinder was assembled and erected in 1906 and first lit on March 7, 1907. Electrified in 1932 and fully automated in 1974, the lighthouse is considered one of the most powerful lights in the world with a beam that can be seen 28 miles (45 km). The nine-foot diameter Fresnel Lens stopped rotating due to a failure of the electric drive mechanism in 1992. After hard work and expensive repairs the original 2nd order Fresnel lens was relit on August 18, 2000.
The American author and humorist Mark Twain is honored in the Literary Arts stamp series on a $0.44 stamp released on June 25, 2011. Twain (1835-1910) is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel." The stamp shows Twain as an older man; the steamboat in the background evokes a way of life along the Mississippi River that played a huge role in many of Twain's works, as well as in his own life.

On February 10, 2011 U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp recognizing the centennial of the birth of Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), America's 40th President. The $0.44 stamp is part of a three-stamp series dedicated to honor three stars of the American cinema: Reagan, Gregory Peck and Helen Hayes.

On April 11, 2011 the US Postal Service issued a 20-cent definitive stamp featuring a portrait of George Washington, first president of the United States. Thank you, Jean Pierre.

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