Sunday, May 29, 2016

from when Estonia was part of Russia

A few lighthouses from the USSR era. These stamps were issued in 1983 and it seems all the lighthouses are from Estonia (I couldn't find Stisudden, though it's quite possible it a different name in Estonian)
• Keri
• Stisudden
• Kipu
• Tallinn
• Tahkuna

The Kipu – or K├Ápu – lighthouse is one of the oldest in the world and has been in continuous use since it was built in 1531

The Keri lighthouse was built in 1858 and stands 91 feet. The light is computer controlled, powered by solar cells and batteries, but from 1907 to 1912 it was the only lighthouse in the world to be powered by natural gas.

The Tallinn – or Tallinnamadal – shoal light is in the Gulf of Finland about 20 miles or 32 kms from the Tallinn shore. This was built in 1969 and took almost a decade to complete because storms damaged the base. It is now closed.

The Tahkuna is a cast iron lighthouse built in 1873. It was bought from the Paris World Exhibition in 1871 and is Estonia's tallest lighthouse at 42.7 metres above sea level.

for more lighthouses around the world, check out the links here


  1. These stamps bring me good memories. I've been in three of these places, some years ago!

  2. I like the way these have been designed with the lozenge-shaped vignette below the light beams.

  3. a great selection of lighthouses

  4. Eastern Europe has been very well represented in this week's lighthouse theme - five more here.

  5. Beautiful stamps - and nice to see the variety in construction of each lighthouse. The lighthouses on the left and the one in the middle I think intriguing. They make me think of castles or cathedrals, or at least some strong construction against the wildness of the sea :-)

  6. What an interesting selection. I do love a bit of cast iron and rivets so I imagine that is quite sight at Tahkuna.

  7. I like lighthouses and those are cool stamps. Cast iron! Seems impossibly heavy.

  8. Beautiful colors and shapes of lighthouses!
    My favorite stamp is the fourth one which has within the frame the blue sea, ships and waves in addition to the lighthouse.

  9. As a lighthouse collector in my earlier years, this was a delight to see.


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