Sunday, 16 September 2018

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM FINLAND

Utö is a small island about 60 km (37.5 mi) southwest of Turku; it is the southernmost island in what is known in Finland as the Archipelago Sea (Saaristomeri), a maze of islands between the mainland and the Åland Islands.
The 24 m (79 ft.) square granite tower painted with red and white vertical stripes is located on the island's summit (59.780947°N 21.368122°E). The first lighthouse on the island was destroyed during the Russian-Swedish War in 1808. The present lighthouse was built in 1814 under the supervision of Gustav Brodd. The lighthouse was shelled by German ships during World War I but not badly damaged. In 1935, the Utö lighthouse was provided with electricity. That same year, the first radio beacon in Finland was installed in the tower of the Utö lighthouse. In 1943, during the World War II, the lighthouse power station provided the whole village with electricity. Utö Light was connected to the electrical network of the mainland in 1996. 

Finland Postal Service released on January 22, 2016 a winter stamp ranked as an innovative stamp due to its printing methods and original effects. This beautiful stamp is a microphotography of an ice crystal, which has been treated with the holographic film. The holographic foil printed on the foil sheet reflects all the colors of the spectrum when light hits it from different angles. Microphotography is a brilliant medium for highlighting the unique structure and ice-sculptural beauty of the ice crystal.

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