One of New London's lighthouses is one of five that will appear in a United States Postal Service stamp series to be issued this year.
The New London Harbor Light was chosen as part of the 2013 "New England Coastal Lighthouses" series. Susan Tamulevich, director of the New London Maritime Society, said the organization has been working with the USPS on the project for about five years after the USPS selected the lighthouse for inclusion on in the series.
"It has been a difficult secret to keep," said Tamulevich in a statement. "What a splendid Valentine for New London! And what an honor for New London Harbor Light."
Built in 1801 and rising to a height of 89 feet, the New London Harbor Light is the oldest and tallest lighthouse in Connecticut. The New London Maritime Society took ownership of the lighthouse in 2009, with a formal conveyance taking place in 2010.
The lighthouse stamp series has been painted by artist Howard Koslow, with the last series debuting in 2009 and featuring Gulf Coast sites. The other lighthouses in the New England series are the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Me.; Maine; the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, N.H.; the Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, R.I.; and the Boston Light in Boston Harbor, Mass.