Sunday, 14 August 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

Just offshore on Florida’s southwest coast, 12-mile long Sanibel Island today is regarded as a vacation paradise by lovers of white sand, turquoise water, fresh seafood and plentiful seashells. Located on the eastern tip of the island, the Sanibel Island Lighthouse is a 102 ft (31 m) square pyramidal skeletal tower first lit on August 20, 1884. A central metal-walled cylinder provides access to the lantern via a winding staircase of 127 steps. Two nearby keeper’s house were built on piles to protect them from storm-driven high waters. This lighthouse was the first of a class of skeletal lighthouses built in many parts of the country, especially in Florida. In April 1949, the light station was automated (fed from acetylene gas) and only in 1962 was electrified.
 On September 5, 2010, U.S Postal Administration issued a 44¢ commemorative stamp depicting Mother Teresa of Calcutta, catholic nun who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Following her death in 1997, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
Jazz is a musical style that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States. A beautiful 44¢ stamp exploring images associated with jazz was issued on March 26, 2011 to pay tribute to this genuine American style.
The guava (Psidium guajava) is a native fruit of tropical regions of the Americas, Asia, and Africa, one of the most common and popular fruits in the world. The 27¢ definitive stamp is part of a Tropical Fruit series issued on April 25, 2008. The five tropical fruits are: guava, kiwi, papaya, pomegranate and star fruit.

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