Saturday, 2 February 2013

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

The Admiralty Head Lighthouse is located in Fort Casey State Park near Coupeville on Whidbey Island, in the Pacific Northwest state of Washington (48°09′38.75″ N 122°40′52.2″ W). The first light station was built on the headland during the second half of 1860 and became operational on January 21, 1861. The lighthouse was a square wooden tower built on the roof of a two-story house, and was also known as Red Bluff Lighthouse.
During the Spanish-American War, the U.S. Army decided to build Fort Casey, a coastal artillery installation at Admiralty Head. The wooden Red Bluff Light was demolished. In 1903, the Army Corps of Engineers built a new lighthouse on Admiralty Head and it was first lit on June 25, 1903.  The 30 ft (9 m) brick tower was attached to 2-story Spanish style keeper's house and its lantern room had a fourth-order Fresnel lens.
 By the 1920s, the centuries-long age of the sailing had ended - steam was replacind wind, and vessels no longer needed to cross Admiralty Inlet to enter Puget Sound. In 1922, Admiralty Head Lighthouse was decommissioned, after just nineteen years of service. In 1927, the lantern room was removed and placed atop the newly reconstructed tower of the New Dungeness Lighthouse.
After major restoration and repairs, including the replacement of a replica of the original lantern room, the Admiralty Head Lighthouse is home to a gift shop and a museum. It is open to the public year-round with guided tours to the tower and all the light station.
Four extraordinary film directors - Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston and Billy Wilder – were honored with the issuance of the Great Film Directors Forever stamps. The stamps released on May 23, 2012 show a portrait of each director with a scene from one of his most iconic works. The background art for the stamp honoring Frank Capra shows a scene from It Happened One Night, a comedy in which a runaway heiress (played by Claudette Colbert) and a reporter (Clark Gable) compare their hitchhiking skills.
The U.S. Postal Service issued on June 7, 2012 a set of four Forever stamps celebrating one of American’s favorite hobbies, cycling. The stamps feature four difference stages of bicyclists, from a young child learning how to ride with training wheels to an airborne BMX rider.

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