Friday, February 24, 2012

Taiwan Lighthouses Postage Stamps (Issue of 2010)

A lighthouse is a structure used as a beacon or signal to warn or guide ships at sea. Lighthouses make great contributions to marine navigation safety, commerce and the development of trade, as well as a nation’s international image. Chunghwa Post first issued a set of stamps on lighthouses in 1989, and then it is followed up with another set of four stamps on the topic, featuring the Chilung Tao Lighthouse (show on the card), the Wenkan Tui Lighthouse, the Paisha Chia Lighthouse, and the Liuchiu Yu Lighthouse. The stamps are painted by Mr. Hung-tu Ko and printed in color offset with spot varnish by China Color Printing Co., Ltd. These stamps were released on July 28, 2010. The Chilung Tao Lighthouse (NT$5): The lighthouse is located at the highest point on Chilung Tao, off Keelung Harbor. Built in 1980, this octagon-shaped concrete tower, with a black-and-white vertical-striped daymark, uses air batteries for electricity. In 1998, the lighthouse switched to solar power. In 2006, wind power was added as a secondary power source. The lighthouse has a nominal range of 13.8 nautical miles. Maria gave me this FDC.
Some of you may have noticed that the date on the postmark is 28.7.1999 which is 11 years earlier than the date of actual issue.. Why this is so has intrigued me too. If I find out the reason I shall definitely inform My readers about it. However, if some of you already now the reason, please let me know.

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