Monday, 5 December 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM RUSSIA

My Polish friend Gosia sent me this beautiful black-and-white Russian postcard of Tokarevsky Lighthouse.
 The Tokarevsky Lighthouse was built in 1910 to guide ships safely to the main Vladivostok harbor, in Russian Far East. The 12 m (39 ft.) white stone tower is located at the end of the mole at the southwestern tip of the Egersheld Peninsula.   It is one of Russia's best known lighthouses and USSR and Russia Post Offices issued stamps depicting Tokarevskii Mayak: USSR (Jun 1984) and Russia (Jul 2010).

The 3,75 zł stamp features the pot marigold  (Calendula officinalis),  a plant  native of southern Europe but flourishes in cool, temperate climates. These bright yellow and orange flowers are a familiar sight in cottage and country gardens.  Pot marigold petals have been used traditionally as both a culinary and medicinal herb. The stamp is part of the series “Flowers and Fruits” issued on August 5th, 2009.  

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