The Lighthouse Pennant
This design for a pennant for vessels in the United States Light-House Service was adopted at a meeting of the Light-House Board on September 3, 1888. The lighthouse was later changed to a dark solid blue, and in later years the design of the lighthouse was changed to be less elaborate to make sewing easier. Shortly after the Coast Guard took over the Lighthouse Service in 1939 the flag was discontinued.
1962 at Point Arena Light Station
Tourists stop to take some photos near the entrance to California’s Point Arena Lighthouse in this 1962 photo. The sign on the gate says, “United States Coast Guard, Point Arena Light Station.” It was an idyllic time in the United States, but that was about to change as the nation became involved in the war in Vietnam. Things would never be the same again.
On-Board the Lighthouse Tender Anemone
We believe this proud officer of the U.S. Lighthouse Service Lighthouse Tender Anemone posed for this photo on-board the vessel sometime between 1914 and 1915. But, we don’t know who he is. Perhaps one of our readers can help identify him. The Anemone entered service on July 25, 1908 on the west coast of the United States and ended her career on the east coast. After World War II, the vessel was decommissioned and, along with her sister vessels, Orchid, Sequoia, and Tulip was given to the government of the Philippines.
Lens at Yerba Buena
This vintage photograph shows a Fresnel lens sitting on a cart at the Yerba Buena Lighthouse Depot in Yerba Buena, California. Unfortunately, we don’t know the year of the photo, or the name of the lighthouse where the lens was being shipped to, or if it is a Fresnel lens that had been removed from a lighthouse. One likely guess would be that the lens was for or from the Point Montara Lighthouse. Perhaps one of our readers might have more information on this photograph.
Beacon in Jamaica Bay
This old photo of the Jamaica Bay Light in Jamaica Bay, New York recently came into our possession and has now gone into our archives. But, we don’t know anything about it, or even if it is still standing. Perhaps one of our readers can supply us with more information.
A Whole New Meaning to Lighthouse Keeping
The term lighthouse keeping takes on a whole new meaning in 1961 as the nation of Japan introduced lighthouse banks for keeping money. This original United Press International photo, dated December 6, 1961, from our archives has the following caption, “Japan introduces a bright idea for people who want to keep some of their earnings, with this new lighthouse bank displayed by a model in Tokyo. It lights up whenever a coin is inserted. The light is operated by a small flashlight battery in the lighthouse base. The lighthouse bank is manufactured by Tokai Kogyosho.” If any of these are around today, they would make a great lighthouse collectible.
This image is of the Falmouth Inner Harbor Light in Falmouth, Massachusetts as it appeared in 1922. We don’t know who maintained it - perhaps a lamp lighter - but by the 1930s it was replaced by a light on a skeleton tower.
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