Wednesday, December 29, 2010

20101201 - United States

Release Date: December 01 - 2010
Postal Authority: United States Postal Service
Title: Lady Liberty and U.S. Flag (Forever)
Format: Serie of 2 stamps
Coils of: 100 stamps (50 each)
Facial: Permanent Value for Domestic First-Class Mail 1-ounce rate. Actual value: 0.44 USD 
Designer: Terrence McCaffrey.
Photo of Lady Liberty: Raimund Linke

Lighthouse: Statue of Liberty.

The intention of this post is remember that, in the origins,  the Statue was a lighthouse too. It worked until the begining of the XX century.
The Statue of Liberty is a topic by itself. It has numerous stamps from countries of all over the world. That is why I´ll only show the Lady Liberty stamps released by USA.

More info: 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

DOBTFUL - St. Thomas & Prince 2010

- Eddystone (England)
- Bell Rock (Scotland) and the image of his builder, Robert Stevenson.
- "Lighthouse by V.G.Shukov, Ukraine  1910" See below (*)
- Cockspur Island (USA)
- Kopu (Estonia)


-Pigeon Point (USA)
-Cape Palliser (New Zealand) outside the stamp.

(*) About "Lighthouse by V.G.Shukov, Ukraine 1910"

The tower depicted in this stamp was builded by Shukov, but it´s not a lighthouse and never was. This construction was the world first hyperboloid structure and was builded for the All-Russia Industrial and Art Exhibition of 1896 in Nizhny Novgorod. After that, the tower was moved to Polibino, where it is currently.

Shukov Tower in Polibino (Russia)
Photo by Arssenev

One lighthouse builded by Shukov located in Ukraine is the Stanislav-Adzhigolsky range, rear. And in 1911 it looked like this:

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Do not look for lighthouses in this stamp. This is the 2010 Christmas issue from my country, Argentina.

This post is only to give my best wishes in this holidays to all of you that visit this blog.

Once again my thanks to all that contributed with it.

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

20100722 - Egypt

Release Date: July 22, 2010
Postal Authority: Egypt Post
Title: Alexandria, Capital of Arab Tourism
Format: 1 Stamp
Dimensions (mm): 50 x 30
Perf: 13
Facial: 150 pt (150 piastre=1.50 Egyptian Pound  -  EGP)
Lighthouse: Alexandria  (*)

(*) This representation is very similar to that which appears on the flag of the governorate of Alexandria ...

Flag of the Governorate of Alexandria

...but both differ the archaeological description of the lighthouse. A more accurate representation of the Alexandria Lighthouse is shown in these stamps...

Hungary - 1980
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Sc 2636    Yv 2714

Bhutan - 1991
Walt Disney Characters and Wonders of the World
Sc 955    Yv 967

Saint Thomas and Prince - 2007
Indicadores de Caminho
Yv 2316

Thanks to Klaus for the alert.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

20100000 - Bahamas

Release Date:  2010
Authority: Bahamas Philatelic Bureau
Title: Christmas 2010
Format: Serie of 4 stamps

Facial: 70c (Cents of Bahamian Dollar - BSD)
Lighthouse: Fort Fincastle and his water tower.

Thanks Jaap for the alert. No much technical information available about this release. Any kind of data is welcome. Thanks.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

20100612 - Colombia

Release Date: June 12, 2010
Postal Authority: 4-72
Title: 500 years since the discovery of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina
Format: Block with 9 valued stamps and 3 complements.
Paper: Sopal
Gum: Tropicalizada
Colour: Polychrome
Designer: Milena María Monguí Estupiñan
Photos: ARC - DIMAR
Printing Method: Offset
Printed by: Thomas Greg & Sons de Colombia S.A.
Quantity: 10000 blocks

Seven of the nine stamps have images of cays. This seven cays have lighthouses, but in 6 of them are visibles.

And they are...

Facial: $ 5900 (Colombian Peso - COP)
Dimensions (mm): 30 x 40
Lighthouses (2): Quitasueño North and Quitasueño South.


Stamp and close up of the lighthouse
Facial: $ 5900 (Colombian Peso - COP)
Dimensions (mm): 30 x 40
Lighthouse: Cayos del Este-Sureste


Stamp and close up of the lighthouse
Facial: $ 5900 (Colombian Peso - COP)
Dimensions (mm): 30 x 40
Lighthouse: Banco Roncador


Facial: $ 5900 (Colombian Peso - COP)
Dimensions (mm): 30 x 40
Lighthouse: Bajo Nuevo


Stamp and close up of the lighthouse
Facial: $ 5900 (Colombian Peso - COP)
Dimensions (mm): 30 x 40
Lighthouse: Cayos de Albuquerque 


Stamp and close up of the lighthouse
Facial: $ 5900 (Colombian Peso - COP)
Dimensions (mm): 30 x 40
Lighthouse: Banco Serranilla

In the close up we can see the colours of the Colombia´s flag. Red, blue and Yellow. The concrete base of this lighthouse is painted with this colours
DIMAR / Lighthouse section

Label with this lighthouse


Somewhere in this cay there is the Banco Serrana Lighthouse, but it is not visible from this height

Until now, this was the most entertaining issue of the year 2010. It was very fun try to locate the lighthouses and info about them. Thanks to 4-72 and thanks to Klaus for the alert.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

20101115 - Japan

Release Date: November 15, 2010
Postal Authority: JP Post
Title: 60th Anniversary of Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law - Aomori
Format: Block with 5 stamps
Dimensions (mm): 93 x 175
Designer: Maruyama Satoru
Printing Process: Rotogravure - 6 Colours
Quantity: 1400000 Blocks

Stamp of our interest (Bottom right)

Facial: 80 (Yen - JPY)
Dimensions (mm): 30 x 36
Lighthouse Photo: Saito Takeshi
Lighthouse: Shiriya Saki (Japan)

Thanks Jaap for the alert.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Old but New - Sweden 1969

November 17 of 1969.
This serie of 2 stamps were released to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Swedish lighthouses. And this might be the bigger concentration of lighthouses in one stamp.
From left to right, starting with the lever light (primitive form of lighthouse); following with the Falsterbo rev light vessel;  then Landsort lighthouse and finishing with the Svenska Björn lighthouse.

Catalogue: S 835/6    Y 641/2

Follow this link to pharotélist to find out more about this stamps:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy Birthday! - Argentina 1992

A day like today (December 5th) but in the year 1992, Correo Argentino released this minisheet with 4 stamps.  It was the first of the serie "Faros Argentinos", and the stamps shows the lighthouses of Punta Mogotes, Río Negro, San Antonio and Cabo Blanco.

Catalogue: Sc 1785 a/d    Yv B54

Here is a scan of the other 2 minisheets of the serie.  Faros Argentinos II (May 1997) and Faros Argentinos III (March 2006). No news about the number IV.

Friday, December 3, 2010

20110317 - Iceland

Release Date: March 17, 2011
Postal Authority: Iceland Post - Íslandspóstur hf
Title: Lighthouses I
Format: 2 stamps
Sheet of: 10 stamps
Designer: Örn Smári Gíslason
Paper: 196 gsm selv-adhesive stamp stock
Printing Process: Offset Litho
Printed by: Joh. Enschedé Security Print
Catalogue Number: 
-Iceland Post: 550

Value: Permanent for Local letters up to 50 gr (Actual Value: 75 Icelandic crowns - ISK)
Dimensions (mm): 42x30
Quantity Issued: 250.000.-
Lighthouse: Langanes (Iceland)
Catalogue Number:
- Iceland Post: 550A

Value: Permanent for Europa letters up to 50 grs (Actual value: 165 Icelandic crowns-ISK) 
Dimensions (mm): 30x42
Quantity issued: 250.000.-
Lighthouse: Stokksnes (Iceland)
Catalogue Number:
-Iceland Post: 550B


Pane of 10 stamps

Catalogue Number:
-Iceland Post: 550A_ORK

Pane of 10 stamps

Catalogue Number:
-Iceland Post: 550B_ORK

First Day Cover

Catalogue Number:
-Iceland Post: 550FDCS

First Day Cancellation

Thanks to Kramer, Jaap and Daniel for the info.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

20101119 - Uruguay

Release Date: November 19, 2010
Postal Authority: Correo Uruguayo
Title: Cruises 2010
Format: Serie of 4 stamps
Sheets of: 4 series
Designed by: Daniel Pereyra
Printed by: Sanfer SRL
Quantity: 15000 series

Stamp (bottom right)

Facial: $ 37 (Uruguayan Peso - UYU
Lighthouse: Isla de Lobos

A detail to consider when you try to find or buy this serie. Correo Uruguayo printed 4 series per sheet.

 When you look closer at the top-right of the sheet you will see 4 tiny lighthouses used as colour proof.

Try to find the top-right serie and you will have an extra bonus for your collection.

Monday, November 22, 2010

20101108 - Uruguay

Release Date: November 08, 2010
Postal Authority: Correo Uruguayo
Title: América UPAEP (*) - National Symbols
Format: Serie of 2 stamps se-tenant.
Sheets of: 15 series
Facial: $ 49 ($ 12 + $ 37  -  Uruguayan Peso - UYU) 
Designed by: Eduardo Salgado
Printed by: Sanfer SRL
Quantity: 15000 series

Where is the Lighthouse?: In the stamp with the National Seal.

The upper right quadrant of the National Seal shows the Cerro de Montevideo with the fortress and the lighthouse with the same name.  

(*)UPAEP: Postal Union from Américas, Spain and Portugal.  Every year, the postal administrations that belong to UPAEP, release a special series with the legend "América Upaep". This year topic for this issues is "National Symbols".

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Old but New - Canada 1994

 The first "Canada Day" sheet in my collection. This issue from 1994 dedicated to Maple Trees, shows in the label (Top Right) and in the last stamp (bottom right) a stylized lighthouse, maybe inspired in Pachena Point.

Pachena Point Lighthouse
I mentions that this is my first, because there are others Canada Day sheets with lighthouses. The issues from 1983, 1985, 1992, 1993 include a lighthouse in the block. I´m still searching for these sheets.

Catalogue: S 1524 l    Y 1378

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Birthday! - Uruguay 1968 and 1971

A day like today (November 12) but in 1968, Uruguay released a serie of 7 stamps celebrating the 150 Anniversary of the National Navy. The serie was a mix between regular (3) and air mail(4). One of the three regular mail stamps was dedicated to the navigation aid. A buoy in the front and in the background a stylized lighthouse inspired by the "Isla de Lobos" light. 

Catalogue: S 761    Y 771

 And three years later, exactly in the same day (November 12-1971), Uruguay Correos overprinted a new value and a locomotive on the lighthouse, transforming the regular mail stamp in a parcel post stamp.  

Catalogue: S Q101    Y CP101

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

20100925 - Uruguay

Release Date: September 25, 2010
Postal Authority: Correo Uruguayo
Title: Homage to Mario Benedetti - 90 years of his birth
Format: Serie of 2 stamps se-tenant
Sheets of: 24 stamps (12 series)
Facial: $ 24 (2 x $ 12) (Pesos Uruguayos - UYU)
Designed by: Nelson Romero
Printed by: Sanfer SRL
Quantity: 15000 series

Where is the lighthouse?:

In the background of the second stamp, we can see the iconic figure of the "Cerro de Montevideo" (Montevideo´s Hill). And at the top,  there is a lighthouse with the same name.

Where did I see it before?
-In 2002 this lighthouse had a special issue for the bicentenary of life.

 - And as I told before, this hill is an iconic figure in Uruguay, so it appear in numerous stamps. For example:

In the 1965 National Flag issue

Do you like golf? In this stamp from 1996 the Farola appear at the top.

Or in this serie from 2009, honoring to Charles Darwin. Look for it and you will find it.
More info about the lighthouse please follow this link to pharotéliste: