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Point Judith - Rhode Island

New England Coastal Lighthouses

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue July 13, 2013
Year 2013
Quantity 16,200,000
Denomination
First-Class Forever Commemorative
Denomination Value $0.46
Perforation or Dimension .98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm
Series New England Coastal Lighthouses
Series Time Span 2013
Issue Location Portland, ME 04101; New Castle, NH 03854; Narragansett, RI 02883; New London, CT 06320; & Boston, MA 02205
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 20 (5 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 4,050,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.20
SKU: 471200
Dimension: 5.92 x 7.5 in./150.37 x 190.5 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged, Overall
Layout Number: “S” followed by four (4) single digits

Press Sheet Without Die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $55.20
SKU: 471208

Press Sheet With Die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $55.20
SKU: 471206

First-day Cover Set of 5

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $4.50
SKU: 471216

Digital Color Postmark Set of 5

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $8.05
SKU: 471221

Ceremony Program (random Stamp, Portland, Me Cancel)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 471230

Stamp Deck Card With Digital Color Postmark (random Stamp, Portland, Me Cancel)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.96
SKU: 471232

Keepsake (pane and Digital Color Postmark Set of 5)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $17.95
SKU: 471210

Notecards

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $15.95
SKU: 471223

Stamp Deck Card

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.95
SKU: 471231

About Stamp

Located at the entrance to Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, Point Judith Lighthouse guards a particularly dangerous area of the Atlantic. The point, which extends several miles into the Atlantic, has seen many shipwrecks, even after the addition of the lighthouse.

The first lighthouse built on the site, in 1810, was a wooden tower that toppled over in a storm five years later. A second tower, made of sturdier stone, was erected in 1816; its lamps and lenses were operated by clockwork mechanism powered by a 288-pound weight. This 35-foot tower remained in service until 1857, when the current lighthouse was built. The octagonal tower, made from brownstone blocks, stands 51 feet high and boasts a fourth-order Fresnel lens.

Automated in 1954, the lighthouse underwent a major restoration in 2000 using blocks from the same area where the original stone was quarried. The lighthouse stands on the Coast Guard Station Point Judith and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.

About Stamp Series

On July 13, 2013, in Portland, Maine; New Castle, New Hampshire; Narragansett, Rhode Island; New London, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts, the Postal Service™ will issue the New England Coastal Lighthouses (Forever® priced at 46 cents) commemorative First-Class Mail® stamps in five designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide July 13, 2013.

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.

Colors

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Creators

Designer: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Typographer: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Artist: Howard Koslow, Toms River, NJ.
Modeler: Donald Woo.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22365. Copyright: USPS.

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