Lighthouses – 40c – Cape Agulas – Cushion cover only
In the 1800s, the first South African lighthouses were built to warn ships of the treacherous conditions of the coast of SA. Sadly, operational lighthouses have declined due to the expense of maintenance, being replaced by modern electronic navigational aids.
In 1988 the South African Post Office chose 4 lighthouses to depict on stamps to honour the history of these historical lighthouses which we have collected for you so that you can own an original stamp together with the limited edition cushions that we have printed from these stamps.
16c Pelican Point – Walvis Bay – built in 1932 & painted black & white as mariners complained that it was not clearly visible during the hazy and misty conditions that often prevail in the area.
30c Green Point – Cape Town – built in 1824 & is the first & oldest solid lighthouse structure on the South African coast, famous for its ‘Moaning Minnie’ foghorn.
40c Cape Agulhas – Southernmost Cape – building started in 1847 & it is the 2nd oldest working lighthouse in SA. It is built from limestone in the style of the ancient lighthouse at Pharos in Egypt.
50c Umhlanga Rocks – North of Durban – building was completed in 1954 . The fixed red light enables ships waiting to anchor in the outer anchorage, to monitor their position.
The cushions are sewn by mothers from struggling areas in the Helderberg basin. Through heART At Work® we endeavor to empower Mothers in township communities within the Helderberg Basin to fulfill their intrinsic value as providers and care givers to their children
|Dimensions||500 x 500 x 10 mm|