Saturday, 13 August 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest masonry lighthouse in the nation. It is located in the town of Ponce Inlet, Florida, on the north bank of Ponce Inlet where the Halifax and Indian Rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Using red brick shipped south from Baltimore, construction crews erected in four years an impressive 175 ft (53 m) tower, first lit on November 1, 1887. In 1933, the tower light was electrified and the original first-order fixed lens was replaced by a 3rd order Fresnel lens. In 1953, the lighthouse was completely automated. In 1970, the Coast Guard discontinued the light station and established a new light at the Coast Guard Station on the south side of the Inlet.
 After decades of restoration the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse was recommissioned in 1983 and stands today as one of the best preserved most complete Light Stations in the nation. In 1998 the light station was designated a National Historic Landmark as one of only a handful of 19th Century Light Stations to have all its original buildings still intact. The light and the museum are open to the public year round and visitors can climb 203 steps to the top of the tower.
On September 14, 2010, US Postal Service issued a 44–cent commemorative stamp honoring Julia de Burgos, one of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated poets. The stamp is part of the known Literary Arts series.
The first class stamp issued in 2008 depicts one of the most prominent symbols of the American Revolutionary War: the Liberty Bell, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In USA this cracked bell is a familiar symbol of independence and has been described as an icon of liberty and justice.

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