Sunday, 27 March 2011

FDC AND MAXICARDS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa issued on June 9th, 1988 a set of four stamps depicting beautiful lighthouses on the country’s coast. My friend Bruce sent me the stamps, First Day Cover and the maxicards: what an addition to my collection, pal. Thanks!
Besides the four stamps, the commemorative envelope brings the tower and lantern of Green Point Light at the first day postmark and a photo of Cape Point Lighthouse located in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
Namibia is the country formerly called South West Africa. During the World War I in 1915, South Africa occupied the territory and remained in control for the next 75 years.
Pelican Point Lighthouse is located at a peninsula in the western side of Walvis Bay, Namibia and illustrates the 16¢ stamp. Built in 1932, the 34 m (112 ft) round cast iron tower is painted with black and white horizontal bands. The adjacent 3-story building, apparently abandoned now, was a harbor control center and light keeper’s house.
Namibia Post issued in June 2010 a set of three stamps depicting Pelican Point Light. I posted this issue at this blog last February 6th.

The 30¢ stamp presents the Green Point Lighthouse in Cape Town, a 16 m (52 ft) square 4-story brick tower painted white, with red and white diagonal bands. It was first lit on April 12, 1824 and is South Africa's oldest lighthouse.

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse illustrates the 40¢ stamp: it is South Africa's third oldest light station, first lit on March 1st, 1849. The 27 m (89 ft) sandstone tower, painted white with two red horizontal bands, rises through the center of a 1-story keeper's house. I posted a beautiful Cape Agulhas Light postcard at this blog on November 12, 2010.
Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse was first lit on November, 24th 1954 to replace the Bluff lighthouse, which was commissioned in 1869 but had to be abandoned due to its rapid deterioration. The 21 m (69 ft) cylindrical concrete tower stands 21m above the beach and guides ships into the safety of the Durban harbor.

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park located at the southern tip of Key Biscayne is the home of the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse built in 1825. This light station is Florida's oldest; the original tower was gutted by fire during an attack by Seminole Indians in 1836. The present lighthouse was reconstructed in 1846, but the 95 ft (29 m) white brick tower was extinguished in 1878.
Hurricanes and tropical storms destroyed the keeper’s house and beach erosion endangered the lighthouse. In 1967, the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park was opened and it started the efforts and campaigns to restore the light. The 1-1/2 story brick keeper's house and other station buildings are replicas built in 1970.One hundred years after Cape Florida Light had been extinguished, it was re-lit on July 4, 1978.
In August 1992, Hurricane Andrew caused major damage to the tower. Once again the tower was extinguished and needed extensive repairs; the state again came to the rescue, restoring it in time for Miami’s Centennial Celebration in 1996.
US Postal Service introduced its Celebrating Lunar New Year series in 2008 and in 2011 issued the fourth stamp on January, 22nd. The 44-cent stamp celebrates the Year of the Rabbit which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. It depicts kumquats, which are eaten for luck and given as special gifts, a design of a rabbit and the Chinese character for "Rabbit."
The definitive stamp “American Clock” features an artistic rendering of the dial, or face, of a banjo clock. Constructed of brass and steel in 1805, the banjo clock depicted on the stamp has a painted iron dial and a mahogany case crowned by a brass eagle.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM GERMANY

My Austrian friend Berta sent this card to my collection.
This beautiful tower is one of the best-known lighthouses of the German North Sea coast. Located in the northern part of the peninsula of Eiderstedt in Schleswig-Holstein state, the tower was built in 1906 and first lit on May 26th, 1908. The 40m (131 ft) round cast iron tower is painted with red and white horizontal bands and is flanked to either side by two keeper's cottages. It is such a popular site for weddings that one of the keeper's cottages is a registrar's office and the other is a national park office. Tourists can climb to the light gallery during the summer season and appreciate the overall stunning view of the peninsula.
Austria Post issued on January 28th, 2009 a commemorative stamp depicting the 9th century castle of Burg Landskron, located on a rock mountain near Villach, in southern state of Carinthia, Austria.

Friday, 25 March 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM NETHERLANDS

 Urk Lighthouse is located on a promontory in the town of Urk, in the Flevoland province in the central Netherlands. Urk, once an island in the Zuiderzee, has been joined to the mainland since the 1930s, and the lighthouse now stands on the east shore of the IJsselmeer. The important economic pillar of the village is the fishery. The 18.5 m (61 ft) round brick tower was first lit on May 18th, 1845 and was attached to 2-story keeper's house. The station was electrified in 1920 and automated in 1989. The lighthouse was restored in 1972 and was declared a national monument in 1981. Former lighthouse keeper Koert Bakker leads school groups and tourists to visit the lighthouse.
Thank you, Mrs. Veen for this beautiful card.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

2011 - STAMPS OF BRAZIL - 04

The Brazilian Post issues today (March 23, 2011) a colorful stamp to commemorate the 100th birthday of UPAEP, an organization that has striven to maintain the union of its member countries, as well as using postal stamps to record and publicize the true, ongoing history of postal services.
UPAEP’s roots date back to 1864, when some Latin American countries met in Lima and signed an agreement with the aim of facilitating and improving postal relations between the contracting countries, namely: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru and Venezuela. However, the current organization was founded in 1911, when Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay joined the others to form the “Unión de los Correos Sudamericanos,” which was headquartered in Montevideo.

In the foreground, the stamp features the logo commemorating the centenary of the Postal Union of the Americas, Spain and Portugal (UPAEP), with the slogan “100 años uniendo culturas.” In the background, there is an image of the American Continent, part of Africa and Europe, and the colors that are common to the flags of the countries that make up the Union: red, green, yellow and blue.

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM TAIWAN

 Liouciou (Liuchiu Yu) is a coral island located in Pingtung County, in Southern Taiwan. The island is a popular beach resort and lies 15 km (8 nautical miles) southwest of Tungkang. The Liouciou Lighthouse is an 11 m (36 ft) round white concrete tower at the highest point on the southeastern coast of the island.  Constructed in 1929 during the Japanese occupation by the fishermen’s association, it guides ships in Taiwan Strait and the Bashi Channel and also the local fishermen. The white tower was deactivated in 1944 due to the damage in World War II, but it was rebuilt in 1952 and equipped with a fifth-order acetylene flashing light. The station was electrified in 1980 and in recent years, the lighthouse has also become one of the most popular wedding album shooting spots and tourism attractions.
On April 21, 1989 Taiwan Post issued fifteen definitive lighthouse stamps and the stamps featured on the postcard are: Dongyin (Tungyin Tao) Lighthouse at Matsu Islands (value 4.50) and Huayu Lighthouse at Penghu Islands (value 7.50). Thank you, Midori.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

COVER AND LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARDS FROM NORWAY

 Norway Post issued on April 17, 2009 its famous year’s tourist stamps, depicting natural phenomena and engineering skills in a set of six stamps named “National Tourist Routes”. On the cover we can see the Pot Rock (Kannesteinen) on Vågsøy Island: a beautiful and unique natural rock formation located on the farm of Nord-Oppedal and definitely one of the major tourist attractions in this area. The other stamp shows Støtta Fjord near Meløy in Nordland.
 Lyngør is a village area on a group of small islands in the municipality of Tvedestrand in Aust-Agder County, off the southeast coast of Norway.  The village is accessible only by boat, has no cars, and is known for its scenic harbor and charming wooden houses. It is recognized as one of the best-preserved communities in Europe. Lyngør Lighthouse stands on a small islet at the entrance to Lyngørfjorden, about 8 km (5 mi) southwest of Risør.
 The lighthouse is an early example of concrete construction in Norway, and several of the original installations are preserved, including the original 3rd order Fresnel lens with its rotating mechanism. The 17 m (56 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower attached to the front of a 2-1/2 story keeper's house was first lit in the autumn of 1879. The lighthouse station includes an engine house, two oil houses, and a boathouse and was automated in 2004. The keeper’s house was completely refurbished and is available for vacation rental.
Thank you, Cathrine for your beautiful postcards and stamps.

Monday, 21 March 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

 Pensacola is Florida’s second oldest city, has the deepest bay on the Gulf Coast and an important harbor. In 1824, a 40-foot (12 m) tower was built at the south entrance to Pensacola Bay, but the light was considered too dim and it remained in service until 1858. A new and taller tower was constructed one-half mile west of the original lighthouse by John Newton of the Army Corps of Engineers. The new and current 150 ft (46 m) brick tower is the tallest lighthouse on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast and was first lit on New Year’s Day, 1859. The lighthouse has the upper two thirds painted black and the lower third white and is attached to a 2-story brick keeper's house. The station was electrified in 1939 and automated in 1965.
The lighthouse is located on the grounds of Naval Air Station Pensacola across from the Naval Aviation Museum and is maintained by Pensacola Lighthouse Association. The keeper's house has been renovated and offers exhibits on the history of the lighthouse and the Naval Air Station.

On the postcard, the 98–cent definitive stamp issued on June 28, 2009, in the Scenic American Landscapes series, featuring a view of the Snake River at dawn in the Grand Teton National Park. Thank you, Maux.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM NEW ZEALAND

The Cape Reinga lighthouse stands on a spectacular site overlooking the meeting of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, at the northern extremity of New Zealand. First lit in 1941, this lighthouse replaced the Maria Van Diemen Lighthouse built in 1879 on nearby Motuopao Island. The 10 m (33 ft) octagonal concrete tower with black lantern roof was originally powered by diesel-generated electricity. The station was automated and the last keeper was withdrawn in 1987. In April 2000, the light was powered from battery banks charged by solar panels. Approximately 10,000 people visit the Cape Reinga lighthouse each year.
On January 12, 2011 New Zealand issued a Lunar New Year: Year of the Rabbit set of four stamps celebrating the Chinese New Year that began on February 3, 2011 and runs until January 22, 2012. The Year of the Rabbit is the fourth in the cycle of the Chinese New Year, occurring every twelve years.
The $1.90 stamp uses the Chinese painting technique (with vibrant color) to portray the well known Chinese story in which the rabbit jumps down from the moon (where the essence of the rabbit is said to have originated). Thank you, Alex.

COVER AND LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARDS

France issued two beautiful Europa stamps on May 2nd, 1994 as part of the common European theme “Great discoveries”. The 2,80F multicolored stamp remembers the discovery of HIV virus by the group of scientists and doctors, headed by Luc Montagnier at the Pasteur Institute in Paris in 1983. In 2008, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Montagnier for the discovery of HIV.
Marianne is one of the most prominent symbols of the French Republique, represents France as a state and its values of Liberty and Reason. On the cover there is a dark grayish brown Marianne stamp (face value 0, 05 €) issued on July 1st, 2008.




Also known as the Grand Phare, Ras el Tin Lighthouse was constructed in 1842 by the engineer Mohamed Mazhar Pasha, and was first lit in 1848. The 55 m (180 ft) round cylindrical stone tower is located at the tip of the Ras El Tin peninsula and marks the entrance to the western harbor of Alexandria. This early photo shows a tower built with exposed stones which, during the renovation of 1919, was plastered and painted in horizontal black and white stripes. In 1954 it was converted to electricity and in 2000 an elevator was installed to reach the lantern room.  The lighthouse is located within the headquarters of Egyptian Navy as well as the presidential palace of Ras el Tin, which are restricted areas accessed only by a special security permission.

Alexandria is famous for its legendary great lighthouse The Pharos, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The lighthouse stood on the small Pharos Island for almost 13 centuries. There are six lighthouses still existing in Alexandria.

Jean Pierre sent me this photographic print of the lighthouse at Port Said, Egypt. This is the tallest lighthouse in Africa, built in 1886 by the French architect François Coignet, who used reinforced concrete at the 59 m (194 ft) octagonal tower. It is located in downtown Port Sa'id, on the west side of the entrance to the Suez Canal. Nothing of original Port Said remains except for the lighthouse pushed to the interior of the city and rendered useless through the gradual silting of the port.  Inactive since 1997 the lighthouse of Port Said has been officially registered as a monument in January 2011.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM CANADA

Cape Spear is traditionally considered to be the easternmost location in North America, located about six miles from St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. In 1836 a lighthouse was built here at the entrance to St. John's Harbor: it was the second light to offer aid along the Newfoundland's coast.
After 119 years of service the old light was decommissioned and a new concrete building was built to house the light in 1955. The 11m (35 ft) white octagonal concrete tower is the current active lighthouse on the postcard. It is located about 180 m (200 yd) northeast of the original lighthouse. Cape Spear's location also makes it a great place to watch for birds, whales and dolphins.
Canada issued on January 17, 2011 a definitive stamp series called Baby Wildlife presenting four cutest and cuddly wildlife babies: Arctic hares, a red fox, two geese and a Polar bear. The $1.75 self adhesive stamp corresponds to the Canadian international rate.