Flags at Chatham
After a tumultuous 2001, residents of Chatham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod gathered on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2001, at the Chatham Lighthouse to show their patriotic steadfastness against terrorism and wished for a better 2002. (Cape Cod Times photo by Steve Heaslip)
Vintage Advertising Poster
This vintage advertising poster with a lighthouse dates back to the 1870s. The company has been out of business for many years. Vintage products that used a lighthouse are a vital part of saving lighthouse-related history. Do you have vintage lighthouse-related advertising items that you would like to donate? If so they can be sent to The Lighthouse History Research Institute, P.O. Box 250, East Machias, ME 04630.
Postage Stamp Lights of Uruguay
In 2000, the South American nation of Uruguay issued this commemorative sheet of postage stamps honoring their 1828 Isla De Flores Lighthouse, their 1923 Punta Del Este Lighthouse, their Cabo Polonio Lighthouse, and their 1876 Punta Brava Lighthouse, which is also known as the Punta Carretas Lighthouse. Searching for and collecting lighthouse postage stamps from around the world can be a challenging, educational, and rewarding hobby, something that the entire family could get involved in.
Nubble in 1935
About the only major difference in appearance of Maine’s 1879 Cape Neddick Light Station since this photo was taken in 1935, is that the fog bell tower is no longer standing; it was demolished in 1961. The fog bell is now on display at nearby Ellis Park. In later years, a white picket fence was added to the front yard. It is widely claimed, because of its proximity to large metropolitan southern New England cities, that it is the most visited and viewed lighthouse in the United States. It is more commonly known as Nubble Lighthouse.
High Seas Model Builder
The caption that went with this original photo in the Lighthouse Digest archives collection from the files of the Central Press Association dated September 26, 1930 shows the lighthouse model-making hobby of J. L. Wooser, the chief engineer of the passenger liner SS Calawaii that operated between Los Angeles, California and the Hawaiian Islands. He made models in his spare time on the ship. The lighthouse model was made of aluminum and even had a flashing beacon. The SS Calawaii, built in 1879, was sold for scrap in 1937. If any of Mr. Wooser’s models still exist today with descendants or others is unknown. If Lighthouse Digest doesn’t save old photos like this one related to lighthouse history, who will?
Lighthouse Tender Quartermaster
Shown here is a historic photo of Gordon Clark Hanson, the Quartermaster of the U.S. Lighthouse Service lighthouse tender Zizania. Notice the letters USLHS on his hat underneath the lighthouse emblem. We’d like to learn more about this man. If any our readers can help, please email our editor or write to us at P.O. Box 250, East Machias, ME 04630. (Betsey Leavitt Josselyn collection, Lighthouse Digest archives)
The Keeper’s Kids
Shown here sitting in the carriage is Agatha Thayer; in the middle, and to the right is Augusta Thayer, the daughters of Maine’s West Quoddy Head Lighthouse keeper Daniel Thayer and his wife Harriett. Daniel Thayer was the lighthouse keeper at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine from 1877 to 1879. In the background is the Columbian Hall that was erected in 1892 to hold town meetings and other community functions. It was demolished in 1979 to make room for the Lubec Town Hall parking lot. The names of the child sitting in the far left of the carriage and the child standing by the horse are unknown. Saving old photos of lighthouse keeper’s families is an important part of the mission of Lighthouse Digest. (Peggy Bailey collection, Lighthouse Digest archives.)
This press photo was released by the U.S. Coast Guard on May 22, 1945 with the following caption: “A true salt of the earth is little Henry Kingsley Cookson, 16-month-old son of Coast Guard Lt. and Mrs. Henry J. Cookson. Young Henry proudly displays his $100 War Bond, purchased in the 7th War Loan Drive. It brings his total of bonds purchases to $500. Lt. Cookson, stationed at Headquarters in Washington, D.C., knows that his son’s future will be aided by the purchase of War Bonds, and that they help deliver that knockout punch to the Japs [sic].”
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