Wednesday, 28 December 2011


 US Postal Service issued on October 13, 2011 its traditional Christmas stamp presenting “The Madonna of the Candelabra”, a Madonna painting by the Italian renaissance artist Raphael, dating to about 1513 which is in the collection of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. The self-adhesive Forever stamp ($0.44 First Class) shows the central portion of the painting with a detail of the Madonna and Child.
On the same day four self-adhesive stamps were released featuring four colorful baubles, typical ornaments used to decorate the Christmas tree.
Petit Manan Lighthouse is the second tallest light tower in Maine and is located on a small island off Petit Manan Point, near Milbridge (44°22′03″N 67°51′52″W). Locally known as 'tit Manan, the 119 ft (36 m) round granite tower was built in 1855 and its light has a range of 25 nautical miles.  The light station has a charming Victorian wood keeper's house, a brick fog signal house, an oil house, a boat house and an engine house.
Petit Manan Light was electrified in 1938 and automated in 1972. The light was out of service for two months in 2001 after a nor'easter damaged its submarine power cable; as a result it was converted to solar power later that year. The light station is part of the Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge, managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and is not open to the public.

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