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Lighthouse Postage Stamps to be Released in Time for National Lighthouse Day


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The long awaited five new lighthouse postage stamps designed by the late Howard Koslow (1924-2016) will be released this August 6th, one day before National Lighthouse Day, which is August 7th, in a ceremony to be held at the Twin Lights of Navesink in Highlands, New Jersey. Ceremonies may also be held at other lighthouse locations.

Named “Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses” by the U.S. Postal Service, the lighthouses featured are Montauk Point Light, New York; Navesink Twin Lights, New Jersey; Erie Harbor Pierhead Light, Pennsylvania; Harbor of Refuge Light, Delaware; and Thomas Point Shoal Light, Maryland. The new stamps will be issued in sheets of twenty.

We don’t know why the Postal Service named this set of postage stamps “Mid-Atlantic,” because the Erie Harbor Lighthouse, which is really the Erie Harbor North Pierhead Light, is on Lake Erie, which is nowhere near the other postage stamp lighthouses that are actually located in the mid-Atlantic. Interestingly, the Erie Harbor North Pierhead Light is also known as the Presque Isle North Pier Light.

Howard Koslow was also the illustrator of all of the previous lighthouse postage stamps in this series that were first issued in 1990. This Mid-Atlantic series are the last stamps that Howard Koslow illustrated for the Postal Service. The art director for the postage stamps was Greg Breeding.

This story appeared in the Jul/Aug 2021 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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