Sunday, 27 July 2014

American Lighthouses - Sunday Stamps

This week I just happened to find and old envelope which carried four stamps, each one a different lighthouse.

USA - Lighthouses
Tybee Island lighthouse in Georgia was ordered by General James Oglethorpe, Governor of the 13th colony, in 1732. It guides mariners into the Savannah River and is one of America's most intact lighthouses.

Morris Island Lighthouse, South Carolina
The Morris Island light stands on the southern side of the entrance to Charleston Harbour. Decommissioned in 1962 it was replaced by the new Charleston Light on Sullivan's Island at the north end of the harbour.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse, North Carolina
The Cape Lookout light, 163 feet tall, stands on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina, Fully automated in 1950, it was first lit in 1859.

Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia
Old Cape Henry was the first lighthouse authorised by the US Government. Dating from 1792 it guided shipping heading for Chesapeake Bay.

It is an octangular truncated pyramid of eight sides rising 90 feet to the light. 26 feet in diameter at the base and 16 feet at the top it is built of Aquia Creek Sandstone from the same source as the White House.

To see what others have chosen for this free theme week check out the links at Viridian's Sunday-Stamps-181.


Ana said...

I've seen a number of lighthouse stamps from the US, but these don't seem familiar...and they are just GORGEOUS!!

Jo said...

I've seen several of the NC lighthouses including the one they moved inland - Cape Hatteras. I love the stamps.

Postcardy said...

Those stamps are very colorful and attractive. The vertical format is ideal for lighthouses.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

That was a great find, all on one envelope!

viridian said...

very lovely indeed. thank you for participating.

Aimee Dars said...

Beautiful lighthouse illustrations!

VioletSky said...

An envelope with a set of lighthouses - that would make me very happy!!

Little Nell said...

I love lighthouses and especially on stamps.

Doug Peabody said...

I vaguely recall these stamps. I'd like to see that whole series. It looks like they might have done the east coast in segments which means they must have produced stamps from the New England area where I am from. Great post.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Those are terrific, Bob.