Issue: October 2001
Light Mail Service

Lighthouse buffs petition for a U.S. Lighthouse Service postage stamp.


     A lighthouse postage stamp may well grace future envelopes if lighthouse enthusiasts have their say. The American Lighthouse Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to saving lighthouses and their history, has announced a nationwide petition drive to support the creation of a postage stamp to honor the U.S. Lighthouse Service.

     Established in 1789, the Lighthouse Service kept watch over the nation’s shores until it was dissolved in 1939. Although the Post Office has issued stamps picturing lighthouses, there has never been a specific stamp to honor the service branch. The new stamp would not only keep the images and memories of lighthouses alive, the group says, it could draw attention to the national effort to save and restore the beacons. Ideas for the stamp include the original emblem of the service and individual portraits of the keepers who tended the lights.

     For more information or to get copies of the preprinted petition forms, write to the American Lighthouse Foundation, P.O. Box 889, Wells, ME 04090 or e-mail Foundation President Tim Harrison at