New England Coastal Lighthouses
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.
Pane of 20 with plate no. & header
Block of 10
Strip of 5
Press Sheet with die cuts
Press Sheet without die cuts
First Day Covers (Set of 5, 5 cancels)
Ceremony Program (Portland ME)
Digital Color Postmark First Day Covers (Set of 5, 5 cancels)
Pane of 20 & Digital Color Postmark First Day Covers (Set of 5, 5 cancels)
Notecard Set with Envelopes & Stamps (Set of 10)
Commemorative Panel with strip of 5