Saturday, September 17, 2011

0075. USA - Edward Hopper's The Long Leg Picture Postcard

This stamp features Edward Hopper's sunlit painting, The Long Leg, painted in oil on canvas around 1930.  The Long Leg depicts a boat sailing against the wind near Provincetown, MA (Massachusetts).  The stamp is officially issued from there.  The painting is in The Huntington Collection.

The Edward Hopper, a very private man and an experienced sailor.  The Long Leg allowed him to combine his love of the sea with his interest in Architecture.  The Lighthouse in the painting is Long Point Light at Provincetown.  The work shows the artist's characteristic use of light and mood of isolation.

The Long Point Light is located in the Cape Cod National Seashore near the end of the sand spit protecting Provincetown Harbor.  The Lighthouse is accessible by boat.  The American Lighthouse Foundation is responsible for restoration and maintenance of the light.

USPS commemorated the Edward Hopper by the release of 44-cent Forever stamp in its American Treasure Stamp Series on 24-Aug-2011.

Built in 1875, the Long Point Light:
  • Tower is SQUARE PYRAMIDAL brick
  • Tower is painted WHITE
  • Lantern painted BLACK
  • Solar powered 300mm lens
  • Height is 38 Feet
  • Colour scheme of LIGHT is GREEN
  • Light character is a OCCULTING every 4 seconds

1 comment:

  1. A picture postcard, with matching stamp and postmark on its face - a Maxi Card. Looks beautiful in a MC. I just have the stamp :(