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Five Forever stamps, part of the Mid-Atlantic Lighthouse series.

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.

Beacon of Light

A commemorative stamp honors a Chesapeake Bay lighthouse

Over the past 30 years, the lighthouse, an icon of the American coastline, has received star treatment from the U.S. Postal Service. The late stamp designer and artist Howard Koslow conceived 30 commemorative stamps celebrating American lighthouses in waterfront locales ranging from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes; each release showcases an acrylic lighthouse painting by Koslow. In August, the artist’s posthumous Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses series debuted. It features five Forever stamps—one depicting the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, a designated landmark on the Chesapeake Bay since 1999. Built in 1875, it’s the only cottage-style, screw-pile lighthouse in the country still operating in its original location. “We are honored to share our lighthouse with the world as a commemorative stamp,” said then-acting Annapolis mayor Sheila Finlayson while presiding over the dedication ceremony. Available while supplies last at post offices and usps.com.

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