Sunday, 16 September 2018


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.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018


 The Castle of San Sebastián is a fortress built in the early 17th century on an island in Cádiz, Spain. The island had earlier been the location of a monastery dedicated to San Sebastián. The castle is located at the end of La Caleta beach and is joined to the mainland by a long jetty (36°31′42″N 6°18′57″O).
The San Sebastián Lighthouse is a 37 m (121 ft.) octagonal skeletal tower with central cylinder located within the castle and is the only surviving lighthouse with this structure in Spain. The engineer Rafael de la Cerda Mollinedo projected the metallic tower: the construction began in March 1912 and the tower was first lit on September 30, 1913. It was totally restored and repainted in 2017. 

Correos de España issued on September 18, 2015 a commemorative stamp celebrating the 450 years of foundation of St. Augustine in Florida, USA. St. Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565, by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Florida's first governor. He named the settlement "San Agustín", as his ships bearing settlers, troops, and supplies from Spain had first sighted land in Florida eleven days earlier on August 28, the feast day of St. Augustine. The stamp is composed of two images of Pedro de Avilés, an illustration and a photo of the monument erected in his honor in the American city. In the background the map of the peninsula of Florida.

Monday, 10 September 2018


 The 36 m (118 ft.) octagonal brick lighthouse Hohe Weg is the oldest fixed beacon and one of the most important navigation aids around a dangerous shallow area called the Hohe Weg (high way) off the entrance to Außenweser channel. It is located about 25 km (15 mi) northwest of Bremerhaven on the edge of the Wadden Sea(53°42′44.44″N 8°14′35.68″E). At high tide, the lighthouse is surrounded by water and at low tide the sandbank is dry.
The construction of the lighthouse was a big challenge since work was only possible during low tide, when the sand bank was exposed. On September 23, 1854 Johann van Ronzelen (Bremerhaven's first master builder) started the works and it took a total of 15 months, so that the tower was first lit on December 1, 1856.  The tower had a cistern, storage rooms and several rooms for up to four lighthouse keepers, who remained in service until 1973 when the lighthouse was automated. The modern lantern, radar system and directional antennas were installed in 1962 and modernized in 2004.

German Post issued on January 2, 2013 two beautiful stamps of the series “Castles and Palaces” and the 0.58€ stamp depicts Nuremberg Castle, medieval fortified buildings on a sandstone rock in the north of the historical city of Nuremberg. The castle together with the city wall is meant to be one of Europe’s most considerable medieval fortifications. It represented the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire and the outstanding role of the Imperial City of Nuremberg.
The traditional definitive flower series issued annually since 2005 makes people aware of the beauty and diversity of flowers in gardens and open countryside of Germany. The genus Tagetes includes about 50 species of marigolds and countless varieties in sulfur-yellow, orange or golden colors decorating gardens, parks and traffic islands. The 20¢ flower stamp (issued on July 7, 2007) depicts the French marigold (Tagetes patula), a species in the daisy family (Asteraceae).

Sunday, 9 September 2018


 The Fangyuan Lighthouse (芳苑燈塔) is located at Wanggong port, in Fangyuan Township, west coast of Taiwan (23°58′16.1″N 120°19′27.0″E). The 37 m (121 ft.) octagonal concrete tower is the youngest and tallest lighthouse in Taiwan: first lit in July 1983 it was painted with black and white vertical stripes and the lantern painted white with a black dome. Tourists can climb up its 167 steps to the double gallery and enjoy different views of the port, lines of oyster racks that stand on the sandbanks and wind towers lined along the coast.

Taiwan Postal Service issued from 1989 to 1992 a set of fourteen lighthouse stamps (some were reissued – a second print) and my postcard brought me the Dongquan Lighthouse stamp (12 NT$) issued on October 2, 1991. This light station is also known as Dongju Island Lighthouse.
Thank you, Yi Ting


 Just offshore on Florida’s southwest coast, 12-mile long Sanibel Island today is regarded as a vacation paradise by lovers of white sand, turquoise water, fresh seafood and plentiful seashells. Located on the eastern tip of the island, the Sanibel Island Lighthouse is a 102 ft. (31 m) square pyramidal skeletal tower first lit on August 20, 1884. A central metal-walled cylinder provides access to the lantern via a winding staircase of 127 steps. Two nearby keeper’s house were built on piles to protect them from storm-driven high waters. This lighthouse was the first of a class of skeletal lighthouses built in many parts of the country, especially in Florida. In April 1949, the light station was automated (fed from acetylene gas) and only in 1962 was electrified.

The U.S. Postal Service issued the 40th Black Heritage stamp in the series in honor of Dorothy Height on February 1, 2017. She dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. At the age of 25, she began a career as a civil rights activist, joining the National Council of Negro Women. After more than seventy years of untiring work in several areas and issues, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century. Dorothy received the nation’s two highest civilian honors for her work, the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. She passed away on April 20, 2010 (aged 98) in Washington, D.C.
USPS issued on June 2, 2016 a beautiful series of 16 Forever stamps to celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial. All stamps depict views of a national park or an associated plant, animal, object, or geological structure. The Acadia National Park stamp features the Bass Harbor Lighthouse on the rocky cliffs of Maine. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.
The smaller stamp released on February 18, 2017 features eight graphic top hats and oval shapes representing faces, each in a different shade, meant to suggest the nation’s ethnic and racial diversity. It represents the image of Uncle Sam’s Hat a popular icon and patriotic character in American culture associated with businessman Samuel Wilson (1766-1854).

Saturday, 8 September 2018


Fisterra or Finisterre is one of Spain's most famous lighthouses, standing at the end of a narrow, south-pointing promontory with a spectacular view of the Atlantic. Cape Finisterre is the traditional "land's end" at the northwestern corner of Spain. (Cabo da Roca in Portugal is about 16.5 km (10.3 mi) further west and is the westernmost point of continental Europe.) Cape Finisterre is the ending point of the Camiño de Santiago (the Way of St. James), a traditional route of pilgrimage that extends 90 km (56 mi) from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
The lighthouse was built in 1853 to mark this geographic point important for the navigation. (42.882362°N 9.271849°W)   The 17 m (56 ft.) octagonal cylindrical granite tower is attached to the front of a 2-story keeper's house and placed 138 meters (452 ft.) above the sea level. As there used to be a constant fog in winter, a building was built in 1888 next to the lighthouse station with a siren the Vaca of Fisterra (“the cow of Fisterra”), to warn the sailors against the dangers. On the days where the coast is covered with the fog, it emits a low-pitched sound that can be heard further than 32 Km (20 mi). Since 1999 and after a reform in 2016, the former fog signal building houses a hotel called “O Semáforo”. 

Correos de España issued on June 26, 2018 a beautiful miniature sheet dedicated to an ancestral game that has many fans worldwide: the chess. The sheet represents a chessboard and its pieces. The eight stamps (each value 1.45 €) are represented by black pawns, printed with thermochromic ink. By passing your finger over these stamps, they change color becoming white pawns.
Thank you, Jose.


The Ouistreham Lighthouse is a 38 m (125 ft) round granite tower inaugurated on September 3, 1905 and is located on the Quai Georges Thierry in Ouistreham, at the mouth of the Orne River. (49°16′48″N, 0°14′52″O)
This lighthouse stood at the eastern end of the beaches invaded by Allied troops on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Captured by British forces in the initial assault, it escaped destruction by the Germans. During the summer of 2005, on the celebration of its centenary, a play of lights was installed on the lighthouse and every night the base of the tower is illuminated: the blue color during the rising tide, white color when the tide out.

The Postal Union for the Mediterranean (PUMed), a restricted union of the UPU, was created in 2011 and includes eighteen postal administrations of Mediterranean countries.  This year’s Euromed Postal Joint stamp project is "Houses of the Mediterranean".  

The Camargue is a natural region located south of Arles, France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône delta. It is a vast plain comprising large lagoons cut off from the sea by sandbars and encircled by reed-covered marshes. Rice growing, harvesting salt, cereals and grape production are the other face of the Camargue landscape. The Camargue Natural Park area, which includes a large UNESCO biosphere reserve, is a nesting area for migrating birds especially pink flamingoes.
The French Post issued on July 9, 2018 a €1.30 stamp depicting a guardian house in the Camargue that shelters permanently or seasonally, shepherds, fishermen, farmers and salt workers.
Thank you, Jean Pierre.

Sunday, 15 July 2018


This postcard depicts two lighthouse towers located on a promontory in George Town, the capital of Penang, on Penang Island, Malaysia (5°25′14.9″N 100°20′40.6″E). The Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse is a 69 ft. (21 m) square pyramidal cast iron skeletal tower located within the walls of Fort Cornwallis, a late 18th century fort that was the first British outpost in Malaya. Prefabricated in England, it was built in 1882 (Malaysia's second oldest lighthouse) and remains active and open to visitors.
Adjacent to the lighthouse is the tall signal mast similar to a ship's mast, with two spars carrying the original light. It was deactivated as a lighthouse in 1914 but remained in service as a signal tower.

Malaysia Post issued on July 1, 2010 a set of eight definitive garden flower stamps and two of them can be seen on this card. The 80 sen yellow flower is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis called Bunga Raya in Malay. Introduced into the Malay Peninsula in the 12th century, it was declared in 1960 as the national flower in Malaysia.
The 30 sen stamp depicts Nelumbium Nelumbo an aquatic plant with large pink flower called Bunga Teratai in Malay. It has a very wide native distribution ranging from India to Southeast Asia and New Guinea and is commonly called Indian lotus or simply lotus. It is the national flower of India and Vietnam.

Great postcard sent by Izlina.


Piney Point is the oldest of the 11 lighthouses originally built on the Potomac River and one of the only four remaining. The 35 ft (10.5 m) round old-style brick tower is located about 13 miles (20 Km) from the mouth of the river at Piney Point. Maryland (38.1355°N 76.5297°W). The tower was first lit in September 1836 and the Coast Guard decommissioned it in 1964. The lighthouse was restored in 2003-04, and open to visitors in 2004.
USPS issued on February 22, 2018 a set of eight Forever stamps featuring the beautiful and mysterious world of bioluminescent life. The black stamp depicts a deep-sea comb jelly (Bathocyroe fosteri).

The other Forever stamp celebrates the centennial of United States airmail service and was issued on May 1, 2018. The stamp features a Curtiss JN-4H biplane, the U.S. Army airplane that inaugurated the route that linked Washington, Philadelphia and New York in 1918.
Thank you Mickey.

Friday, 14 November 2014


Bornrif is the unofficial name of the lighthouse on the Dutch island Ameland, on the edge of the North Sea (53°26′57″N 5°37′32″E).  The 55 m (181 ft) round cast iron tower was built in 1880 by order of William III and painted with red and white horizontal bands. 
 The 2nd order Fresnel lens in use was used at Goedereede 1908-1912 and then at Westhoofd Lighthouse in Ouddorp from 1912 to 1940; it was installed at Ameland in 1952 and provides a flash with a range of 30 nautical miles (56 km). The lantern of this lighthouse was replaced in 1988. The original lantern is on display at the Reddingsmuseum in Hollum.
In 2004, ownership of the lighthouse was transferred to the municipality of Ameland and opened for tourists one year later. It is possible to climb the staircase with 236 steps (14 floors) up to the lantern and double gallery.
The postcard brings two Dutch Christmas stamps issued on November 17, 2009. TNT Post released a set of 20 Christmas stamps in ten different designs and a face value of 0.34€ each stamp. The illustrations on the stamps depict gifts that also serve as windows through which you look into a house from outside. White dots representing falling snowflakes complete the design of these original stamps.

Sunday, 9 November 2014


Sugarloaf Point Light, also known as Seal Rocks Lighthouse, is located on a prominent cape (Sugarloaf Point), about 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) southeast of Seal Rocks, New South Wales, Australia (32° 26' 3"S 152° 32' 4"E). The light station was designed by James Barnett and first lit on December 1, 1875.
 The 15 m (49 ft) round cylindrical brick tower has two stories divided by a concrete floor, the fuel store being located in the ground level. An outside bluestone stairway reaches this floor, followed by internal iron stairs. The original first order Fresnel lens provides a flash with a range of 25 nautical miles (46 km). In June 1966, the lighthouse was converted to electricity and automated in 1987.

Saturday, 8 November 2014


The Curonian Spit is a peninsula that separates the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon in a slightly concave arc for 98 km from the Kaliningrad Peninsula (Russia) to the town of Klaipeda (Lithuania). It is an example of a landscape of sand dunes that is under constant threat from natural forces (wind and tide). Nida is the largest settlement on the Spit and the westernmost point of Lithuania.
 The first lighthouse in Nida was built on the Urbas Hill and first lit on October 24, 1874. At the end of World War II, German soldiers blew up the lighthouse. The current 29 m (95 ft) round concrete tower was rebuilt on the same hill (900 meters from the Baltic Sea) and relit in April 1953 (55°18′31″N 20°59′13″E). The lighthouse was painted with red and white horizontal stripes and its light has a range of 22 nautical miles (41Km).
Lithuania Post issued on July 27, 2013 two stamps from the series Technical Monuments featuring the Klaipėda (Klaipedos švyturys) and Ventė Cape (Ventès rago švyturys) Lighthouses.  Both yellow stamps have the nominal value of LTL 2.45 and bring technical data about the lighthouses and their geographic coordinates.

Friday, 7 November 2014


New Jersey is home to very historic light stations, most of them restored and fully preserved. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest standing light tower in the United States and remains in operation after more than 245 years. 
The U.S. Postal Service issued on May 5, 2014 a sheet of sixteen stamps depicting eight vintage circus posters. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, companies like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey used evocative pieces of art to let people know the circus was coming to town. Large colorful posters were the perfect vehicle to showcase stunts, performers, and animals, and to give people a taste of what awaited them under the big top. 
Thank you, Lea

Saturday, 25 October 2014


After a long “winter” far from my blog (a lot of work, few time to post), I AM BACK!!! Have hundreds of postcards to post (I did not stop swapping) and a new postal address:
                                               Caixa Postal 27012
                                                         AGF - T9
                                                     Goiania - GO
Off the eastern coast of Sumatra, lies Belitung Island and its white sand beaches and crystal clear water, paradise for snorkeling or scuba diving. Belitung Island is surrounded by small islands, and one of them is Lengkuas Island. Here we found the Belitung Lighthouse, a 57 m (187 ft) cast iron tower built in 1883, in the order of King Willem III, when Indonesia was a Dutch colony (5° 27' 3.21'' N  100° 18' 13.7'' E).
The white tower is still active and open to tourists to climb up its 167 steps to the balcony/lantern. It is a big chance to enjoy different views of the island and crystal clear waters surrounding it.

Indonesia issued on April 1st, 2014 a set of three commemorative stamps celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first stamp in Indonesia. Indonesia Postal Administration was formally established on September 27th, 1945, but the history of Indonesian stamps started on April 1st 1864, when the first Netherland Indies stamp was released.

Japan occupied the Dutch East Indies, modern Indonesia, during World War II from March 1942 until after the end of the War in 1945. The Rp 8.000 stamp remembers this critical war period under Japanese occupation.


After a long “winter” far from my blog (a lot of work, few time to post), I AM BACK!!! Have hundreds of postcards to post (I did not stop swapping) and a new postal address:
                                               Caixa Postal 27012
                                                         AGF - T9
                                                     Goiania - GO
Bremerhaven was founded in 1827 at the mouth of the River Weser and is one of the most important German ports, playing a crucial role in Germany's trade.
The Bremerhaven lighthouse is the oldest operative lighthouse on the mainland along Germany's North Sea shore and one of the most beautiful lighthouses anywhere. This elegant lighthouse, designed by the Bremen architect Simon Loschen, was built from 1853 to 1855 in brick neo-Gothic style. The 37 m (121 ft) square tower has a large iron bracket structure formerly used to display storm signals. It was electrified in 1942 and automated in 1961.
The Bremerhaven is the rear light at the harbor and is located about 200 m (220 yd) north of the front light, near the lock that provides entry to the Neuer Haven (53°32′46.7″N 8°34′12.4″E).
Germany has issued a set of lighthouse stamps depicting the diversity of German Leuchttürme since 2004. On July 12, 2007 issued two new lighthouse values: the 0.45€ Bremerhaven Oberfeuer (on the postcard) and the 0.55€ Hornum. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013


Cuxhaven is a German city situated on the shore of the North Sea at the mouth of the Elbe River. The "Alte Liebe" Lighthouse, also called Hamburger Lighthouse, was built in Cuxhaven by the Hanseatic City of Hamburg and first lit on November 15, 1805 (53 ° 52 '22 " N , 8 ° 42 '34 " E). The 23 m (75 ft.) round red brick tower has four floors and a 104 steps staircase leads to the lantern room with its green copper-plated dome.
 The Latin inscription above the tower’s entrance says:  “Nautis signum / sibi monumentum erexit / respublica hamburgensis / Ao MDCCCIII” (A sign to the seafarers this monument was erected by the state of Hamburg in the year 1803).
After only a short time in service (eleven months), the lighthouse was extinguished because of the continental naval blockade decreed by Napoleon against British trade (Napoleonic Wars). The lighthouse returned in operation in 1814 and after almost two centuries of operation the lighthouse (Germany's oldest in service) was deactivated on May 7, 2001 and sold into private ownership. In 2005 the owner, Klaus-Otto Lammert, restored the interior and exterior of the tower. 
Australia and Germany released a joint stamp issue celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of German explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt (1813-1848). Leichhardt arrived in Sydney in February 1842 with the intention of exploring the inland of Australia. Leichhardt explored parts of Queensland and Northern Territory and attempted unsuccessfully to cross Australia from east to west.
The expedition, which set out in March 1848, resulted in the disappearance of Leichhardt and his entire party. Many search parties went out to try and find traces of the party, but no remains have ever been found.
The German stamp issued on October 10, 2013 features a portrait of Ludwig Leichhardt from around 1846, which is held by the National Library of Australia.

Thursday, 21 November 2013


This lighthouse is Port Adelaide’s icon. It stands at the end of Commercial Road marking the place where the city meets the River (34°47'S 138°25'E). The 25 m (82 ft.) hexagonal cast iron skeletal tower  was first lit on January 1st, 1869 and displayed its light through a fixed, fourth order lens. The light was found to be too dim and on February 3, 1875 a revolving lens of the first order (the largest size) was installed.
 In 1901, the lighthouse was dismantled and moved to South Neptune Island in Spencer Gulf.  It was transferred to the Island via the lighthouse vessel Governor Musgrave, and fitted with a new second order dioptric light, first exhibited on November 1st, 1901.  The tower was converted to electricity in 1976 and stood on Neptune Island until 1985, when, in a bad state of repair, it was decommissioned and acquired by the South Australian Maritime Museum.
Restored and re-assembled on the dockside at Port Adelaide, it was opened to the public on March 13th 1986, in a ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth II.  Visitors can climb the seventy four steps of the spiral staircase and also visit the South Australian Maritime Museum and its rich nautical collections.
The animals of Australia are particularly interesting because many of them are distinctly primitive. There are groups of animals whose relatives have long since disappeared from other parts of the world. Australia is home to a variety of native mammals both on land and in the surrounding oceans. They consist of marsupials, monotremes and placental mammals. The series of six International stamps issued on March 6, 2006 and named “Australian Native Wildlife” highlights six species of these three main subclasses of modern Australian mammals.  The 5¢ issue shows the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) and the 25¢ stamp presents the short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus). Both animals are species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth.
Australia Post Office issued on August 23, 2002 a series of four International stamps, named “Panorama of Australia”. The stamps depict natural landscapes of the country and the $2.20 stamp shows the National Library of Australia in Canberra as viewed from Lake Burley Griffin.
The 10¢ stamp featuring a beautiful view of the cliffs on the coastline of Maria Island is part of the “Island Jewels” series issued on March 5, 2007. 

Friday, 15 November 2013


 The Grays Harbor Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the state of Washington and marks the narrow entrance to the harbor and fishing town of Westport, coastline of the Pacific Northwest (46° 53′ 18″ N, 124° 7′ 0″ W). The 107 ft. (32.5 m) octagonal brick tower rises above a lush pine forest and was first lit on June 30, 1898. The white tower still houses the original 3rd order Fresnel lens and a narrow 135-steps spiral staircase leads to the painted gray lantern room. In 1931, the Coast Guard electrified the lighthouse and automated it in 1968. The tower was thoroughly renovated and repainted in 1999-2001 and reopened to guided tours.
The US Postal Service continues its popular series of lighthouse stamps issuing on July 13, 2013 five self-adhesive stamps depicting New England Coastal Lighthouses. The five lighthouses are among the oldest in the U.S., and each is on the National Register of Historic Places: Portland Head (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Portsmouth Harbor (New Castle, New Hampshire), Point Judith, (Narragansett, Rhode Island), New London Harbor (New London, Connecticut) and  Boston Harbor (Boston, Massachusetts).

Saturday, 20 July 2013


The Gibbs Hill Lighthouse stands on the highest point of Bermuda in Southampton Parish, southwest of Hamilton (32° 15' N 64° 50' W). The 40.5 m (133 ft.) round white cast iron tower is the second oldest cast iron lighthouse in the Americas.
Bermuda limestone, which had been intended for the lighthouse base, was too soft to support the weight and size of the lantern purchased from England to light the tower. Instead, Alexander Gordon designed a cast iron base; 135 concentric cast iron plates in a base of 20 feet of concrete. The plates were fabricated and shipped to Bermuda where the lighthouse was pieced together and first lit on May 1, 1846.
The current optic consists of a 1st order Fresnel lens installed in 1904 and its light beam can be seen 40 miles out to sea. The lighthouse was electrified in 1952 and on June 4, 1964 new electrical equipment was installed and since then the entire operation works automatically. A radar antenna for marine shipping was installed atop the lighthouse in 1987. The optic lens system was damaged by Hurricane Fabian on September 5, 2003 and the tower went dark for three weeks. The Fresnel lens was taken out of service while four fixed halogen lights were temporary lit. After three months of repair, the original lens was replaced on May 2004. 
The Bermuda Post Office released on July 12, 2012 a set of six stamps named “Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art: 25th anniversary”. The stamps depict paintings of international artists who came to paint Bermuda landscapes, its people and cultural heritage. This unique period started in the 1860s, when a number of American and British artists used their time in the winter months painting in the sub-tropical climate of Bermuda. Most painters were of the school of American impressionism including Thomas Anshutz, author of “South shore” the oil on board (1910) depicted on the stamp.

The permanent collection of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art began with twelve paintings depicting Bermuda. Today, after 25 years the collection consists of over 1500 pieces of art covering all mediums including painting, photography, and sculpture, all drawing inspiration from the beauty of Bermuda. 

Friday, 19 July 2013


Warnemünde (means Warnow mouth) is a sea resort and city situated on the Baltic Sea in the northeast of Germany at the estuary of the river Warnow. The city is a center of maritime traffic and this green tower is located on the west mole. The history of the mole lights of Warnemünde is quite complex; both moles (east and west) have been extended several times and there have been several lights on each mole. The current 12 m (40 ft.) round green metal tower was built in 1985 and relocated in 1998 onto a new arm of the west mole extended to the current length of 541m (590yd). There is a similar red lighthouse on the east mole and both are locally known as Die Zwillinge (the twins).
The traditional German Flower series presents two different and colorful species very popular as ornamental garden flowers. The 0.05 EUR stamp issued on August 11, 2005 is dedicated to the crocus genus (here: Crocus tommasinianus), a lilac flower in the Iridaceae family, often referred to as 'tommies', were named after the botanist Muzio Spirito de Tommasini. Crocus tommasinianus has small long-tubed flowers with 6 petals from pale silvery lilac to reddish purple, which appear in early spring. It is often planted in large drifts in gardens and parks.

The 0.70 EUR stamp issued on April 13, 2006 depicts Kartäusernelke (Dianthus carthusianorum) an herbaceous perennial plant commonly found wild in dry, grassy habitats. The Kartäusernelke is usually between 15 and 40 centimeters tall and flowers are 18–20 mm wide, dark pink to purple. Today it is widely used mainly as an ornamental plant and the flowering period extends from July to September.

Thursday, 18 July 2013


This white brick tower is one of the oldest, best known, and most accessible lighthouses of northern Finland.  Marjaniemi Lighthouse is located in the village of Marjaniemi on a sharp point at the western tip of Hailuoto Island, on the Gulf of Bothnia (65°02.40′N, 24°33.68′E). The light station was designed by Axel Hampus Dahlström and it was first lit in 1872. The 25 m (82 ft.) round white masonry tower has a red lantern with a green dome and a 110 step staircase to the top.
Two keepers and a lighthouse master took care of the lighthouse until 1962, when it became automated. Now the buildings are owned by the municipality of Hailuoto. Old pilot houses have become a hotel and hostel. 
EUROPA stamp issue for the year 2013 is dedicated to postal vehicles. Finnish Postal Administration issued on May 6, 2013 a pair of self-adhesive stamps which illustrates a modern and an old Finnish postal truck. The1st class stamp (1 LK/KL) depicts an old Volvo LV-70-1933 mail car.

Sunday, 7 July 2013


Hellevoetsluis is a small fortified city on Voorne-Putten Island in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The history of Hellevoetsluis is connected to the sea for a long time ago. Thanks to its strategic location the city grew from the beginning of the 17th century to be the homeport for the Dutch naval fleet.
Hellevoetsluis Lighthouse is located on the west side of the entrance to the commercial harbor, on the north side of the Haringvliet. The 18 m (59 ft) round cylindrical white tower was first lit on September 1st, 1822 and was partially rebuilt in 1901. More recently, it was restored in 1965 and the building was about to collapse in mid-2004 when it began a large restoration. The renovated lighthouse was reopened in 2005 and tourists can visit it every last Sunday of the month from May through August.
Netherlands issued on August 16, 2011 a set of twelve stamps presenting some of the fine green initiatives being undertaken by the Netherlands. The series named ‘Going Green’ shows positive mottos, tips and tricks to encourage citizens in “going green” in their lives. They include the following themes: new way of working, reducing energy consumption, using alternative energy sources, insulating homes, LED and energy-saving lighting, and organic food production.  The stamp on the postcard shows a tree with the inscription “Denk Groen voor een groene wereld” (“Think green for a green world”). 

Friday, 26 April 2013


The New Canal Lighthouse was built in 1838 and takes its name from a failed 1830s effort to link Lake Ponchartrain with downtown New Orleans by canal. The original lighthouse was rebuilt in 1855 and again during the 1890s always damaged by hurricanes.
A new tower was constructed in 1901: a 32 ft. (10 m) square 2-story frame keeper's quarters on pilings, surmounted by a square cylindrical tower. The building painted white with red roofs had a fifth-order Fresnel lens. Since that time some additions and renovations brought the lighthouse up to modern standards. It is located on Lake Pontchartrain at West End Boulevard and Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans (30°02′37″N 90°06′47″W).
The lighthouse was heavily damaged and virtually destroyed after suffering double hits in 2005 from Hurricane Katrina (August, 29) and Hurricane Rita (September, 22). By the fall of 2007, the wreckage of the building was dismantled and stored for use in rebuilding the structure.
In 2012, thanks to the efforts of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, the lighthouse was rebuilt and relit on 26 September. The only significant difference between the previous structure and the new structure is that the new lighthouse is built higher up on stilts, to help protect it from future storm surges. For an overall cost of about $1 million, the iconic guardian of the New Orleans lakefront reopened on April 18, 2013 as the new home of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.  It has been renamed the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center.
The U.S. Postal Service issued on December 1, 2012 the One Dollar Waves of Color stamp, one of four sheets of elegant stamps denominated at four different rates: $1, $2, $5, and $10. The One Dollar Waves of Color stamp shows variously colored undulating lines against a white background. A portion of the left side of the stamp provides white space to display the numeral 1. The stamp also includes its denomination written out as One Dollar.
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.

Friday, 19 April 2013


Sälskär Lighthouse is considered to be one of the Baltic Sea’s most beautiful lighthouses. The 31 m (102 ft.) round white brick tower is situated in Hammarland in the northern part of Åland, an archipelago lying at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia, midway between Sweden and Finland (60° 24’ 42”N 19° 35’ 30”E). 
The tower was designed by the Finnish architect Axel Hampus Dalström and built in 1868. The lighthouse was damaged by storms in 1894 and ten years later the tower was strengthened by steel cables. This could be the reason that the lighthouse has survived until our time. The wires were removed in the 80’s and the lighthouse was renovated at the end of the 90’s.
Sälskär is a few hectares large and as the name suggests it used to be a base for seal hunters. The nature is strikingly beautiful with only low-growing vegetation and today there are no inhabitants in the island. This tower was the first lighthouse in Finland to be automated in July 1949.
Bothnian Sea National Park is the 37th national park in Finland and it was established in 2011. The name of the park is Selkämeri in Finnish. It is the fifth marine national park in Finland and it stretches over a distance of 160 kilometers on the western coast of Finland. A total of 98 per cent of the national park lies under the surface: the park protects the marine nature.
Finland Postal Administration issued on May 7th, 2012 a 1st class stamp (0,80 €) featuring the Bothnian Sea National Park. The stamp is the third issue in the National Park stamp series (started in 2009) and shows a coastline scenery and an underwater image. 

Sunday, 3 March 2013


Anapa is a very popular beach resort situated in the southwest part of Krasnodarsky krai of the Russian Federation, on northern coast of the Black Sea near the Sea of Azov. The first light station built in Anapa was in 1909, but the tower was destroyed in 1943 during the WWII. The 20 m (66 ft.) octagonal masonry tower was built in 1955 on a seaside bluff at Verhnaja Naberezhnaja Street and is a traditional meeting place of both local inhabitants and tourists in Anapa (44°53’.27”N 37°17’93” E). The tower is painted white with three black horizontal bands only on the seaward side and its red light is visible from 18 nautical miles (33km). 
Russia Postal Service issued on September 11, 2012 a commemorative stamp celebrating the bicentenary of Fort Ross.  Fort Ross, the southernmost Russian settlement in North America, was founded on September 11, 1812 by Commerce Counselor Ivan Kuskov of the Russian-American Company, on the Californian coast, 80 kilometers north of San Francisco. Colony Ross was settled to produce food to support the Russian settlements in Alaska. Stockade, corner towers, warehouses and timber houses were built there. Later the first windmills in California and the shipyard, as well as brick and tannery, blacksmith, stables, carpentry, plumbing and shoemakers, a dairy farm were built. Nearby the fort settlers established kitchen gardens, orchards and vineyards. The Russian American Company was sold to Captain John Sutter in 1841, but those dedicated people became one of the California’s earliest entrepreneurs. The 13.00 RUB stamp depicts a panorama of Fort Ross of the first half of the XIX century.
A beautiful set of four stamps issued on October 19, 2005 marks the 300th anniversary of Sea Infantry of Russia. The regular Russian Navy was created at the initiative of Peter the Great in October 1696, during the second Azov campaign against Ottoman Empire. An order to form the first detachment of Marines was issued after the battle with Swedes on November 27, 1705. This date is considered to be the birth of the Russian Naval Infantry(Morskaya Pekhota), and since then it has fought in the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, the Russo-Japanese War, and the First and Second World Wars. The 2.00 RUB stamp features the early sea Infantry and Boat.