The Point Judith Lighthouse is one of five lighthouses that will be available on “forever” postage stamps this year, according to the United States Postal Service.
An exact release date hasn’t yet been released, but according to the USPS schedule, they should be available for purchase sometime in July 2013.
From the USPS website:
Sentinels of the Coastline, Reminders of Romance: Lighthouses have the power to evoke the most meaningful cultural sentiments. Learn about the history of America’s “Guiding Lights,” and the painstaking care artist Howard Koslow has taken since 1990 to render each regional Lighthouses series issuance with detailed accuracy.
There’s something about lighthouses. They fascinate us; they enchant us; they draw us in. Utilitarian yet majestic, these structures achieve a beauty and romance that reach far beyond their practical natures. Recognizing our love affair with these lonely sentinels, the U.S. Postal Service has released a series of stamps celebrating our nation’s lighthouses.
New England Coastal Lighthouses 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. Boston Harbor Light is also a National Historic Landmark.
Howard Koslow created original paintings for New England Coastal Lighthouses stamp art—and for the entire lighthouse series. Howard E. Paine and Greg Breeding served as art directors.
The New England Coastal Lighthouses stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.
Thanks to readers Dan and Marie Leighton for the tip on the stamps!