The stamp dedication took place at the Twin Lights State Historic Site in the Navesink Highlands of New Jersey – which is one of the highest points on the east coast, guarding the entrance to New York Harbor.
âLighthouses are among the most popular subjects among stamp collectors and customers, and it’s easy to see why,â said Linda malone, Vice President of Postal Services Engineering Systems, who served as the dedicating official for the ceremony. “Lighthouses send a double message of welcome and warning, of connection and isolation. They have become the symbol of loneliness, service, history and hope.”
The 20-stamp package celebrates five historic lighthouses: Montauk Point, NY; Navesink, New Jersey; Erie Harbor, Pennsylvania; Port of Refuge, DE; and Thomas Point Shoal, MD.
Joining Malone for the ceremony were Paul Eric Johnson, photographer and author of the book âThe lighthouses of the mid-Atlantic coastâ; Peter McCracken, expert in historic ships and librarian at Cornell University; and commissioner Shawn M. La Tourette, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
“We are delighted that the Twin Lights of the Navesink appear on a Forever stamp, and that millions of people will appreciate the beauty of a structure that we are privileged to see every day in New Jersey“said LaTourette.” This remarkable structure was considered one of the best and brightest lighthouses in America when it was completed in 1862, and it is still today a beacon for important moments of the history of the United States. ”
One of only seven stations in the country to feature two towers, the twin lighthouses of the Navesink Highlands were built in 1828 and have seen many historic firsts. In 1841, Navesink Identical towers were the first lighthouses in the United States to have Fresnel lenses installed: a first-order fixed lens in the north tower and a second-order rotating lens in the south tower.
Navesink was also the site chosen for the first public reading of the Oath of Allegiance in 1893, and six years later, Guglielmo Marconi installed his telegraph at the lighthouse and transmitted the first wireless telegraph communication. The Navesink site was designated a national historic monument in 2006.
In 1792, the president George washington authorized the construction of a lighthouse on Montauk Point, NY, at the eastern end of Long Island. After construction began in 1796, the lighthouse, built in Connecticut sandstone, was completed in just five months. With a foundation sunk 13 feet into the ground and a base with walls 7 feet thick, the building was so solid that Washington itself claimed it would last for 200 years. He was right: the lighthouse is still standing today.
Ownership of the Montauk Lighthouse was transferred from the Coast Guard to the Montauk Historical Society in 1996. As the oldest lighthouse in new York and one of the oldest in continuous operation in United States, Montauk Point Lighthouse became a National Historic Landmark in 2012.
Erie Harbor Pierhead in Pennsylvania – also known as Presque Isle North Pierhead Lighthouse or Erie Harbor North Pier Lighthouse – helped ships navigate the narrow entrance between lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay for over 150 years. Originally built in 1830 out of wood, this tower was replaced in 1858. It has since been moved twice to accommodate changes in the pillar on which it rests. The last move of the 34-foot tower was in 1940 when it was automated and covered with steel plates.
The lighthouse has a distinctive white field and horizontal black stripe and features a unique shape in United States. Rather than a traditional pyramid-shaped silhouette, Erie Harbor Pierhead Lighthouse only tapers halfway, then rises straight from its midsection to its top. Managed by the American Coast Guard, the lighthouse remains an active navigation aid.
The lighthouse of the national port of Refuge at Delaware was created in the late 1800s to light the way for ocean-going ships caught in the harsh Atlantic weather conditions and has undergone a series of changes in its evolution. The breakwater was completed in 1901 with temporary lights added to each end in 1902. The lighthouse was built in 1908, replacing the 1902 tower. In 1925, the lighthouse was demolished and replaced with a new tower, completed in 1926.
The new tower, as shown on the stamp, sits on a cast iron caisson supported by a heavy concrete block that sits in the breakwater. The 76 foot tall conical lighthouse is constructed of cast iron plates and lined with brick. The tower, owned by the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation since 2004, displays a blinking white light every five seconds. It is visible up to 19 miles away and is an active navigation aid.
Located in Chesapeake Bay south of Annapolis, Maryland, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse has stood up to the elements since 1875. The hexagonal, one-and-a-half-storey wood-frame cabin was built on a steel-frame deck mounted on a screw-pile foundation, which provides long iron rods with spirals at the ends that “screw” on several feet to anchor a foundation in soft, sandy soil.
Employed until 1986, Thomas Point Shoal was the last lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay to be automated. It belongs to the city of Annapolis but is maintained by the US Coast Guard as an active aid to navigation.
The Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses are the seventh installment in the Postal Service’s long line of lighthouses. Howard koslow (1924-2016) was the artist for these stamps, as well as for the previous issues of the Phares series. Each stamp features an original Koslow acrylic painting, based on photographs of the lighthouses. Greg Breeding was the stamp designer and artistic director.
Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses stamps are issued as Forever stamps. These Forever stamps still have a value equal to the current price of 1 ounce of First Class Mail. The news of the stamps of the mid-Atlantic lighthouse is shared with the hashtag #MidAtlanticLighthouseStamps.
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