Illuminating Paths for the Mail


Lighthouse designs have changed dramatically since the early days of lighting fires atop pillars to guide mariners home. While their tall, majestic shape continues to guard many coastal landscapes across the world, these illuminating sentinels graced a new territory on July 13.

The Postal Service issued the New England Coastal Lighthouses stamp series this past Saturday. The new set features five lighthouses: 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. Each stamp shows a close-up view of one of the five lighthouses that captures not only the down-to-earth aspect of the tower but also the mysterious qualities that compel us to come closer.

These five lighthouses are among the oldest in the U.S., and each is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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