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Early Aerial Photography Digitized

At first glance you might not think early Air Force photography would be useful for lighthouse research, but when you start looking at photos taken of large port cities, you start noticing lighthouses.

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Note the Jones Point Lighthouse on the Potomac River in the center foreground of this 1921 aerial photograph of Alexandria, Virginia. National Archives RG-18-AA-127-24

The National Archives recently announced “The Digitization of 18-AA,” a Record Group 18 entry entitled “Airscapes” of American and Foreign Areas, 1902-1964. These images are arranged by geographical location, so you must search according to the city where the station is located. Even if you don’t find images of lighthouses, you will find interesting historical perspectives of waterfront areas when they were still primarily industrial.

Submitted by Candace Clifford, October 24, 2017

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Little River Light Station Images Donated to Society Archives

The U.S. Lighthouse Society is pleased to receive a generous donation of these digital images of Little River Light Station, Maine, from Tim Harrison, editor of Lighthouse Digest.

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Lighthouse Digest has an amazing collection of historic images in its archives that have been gathered over the past 25 years. According to Harrison, “The Lighthouse Digest archives are not open to the public; however, low resolution images of many, but not all, of the Lighthouse Digest historic images can be found on their web site at www.LighthouseDigest.com. Depending on the reason, high resolution images can be requested via email, but there may be a small charge to cover the time involved.”

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This scan of a 1892 photo of Little River Light Station is already part of the Society’s Digital Archives.The original print is part of the USCG Historian Office collections.

The Society has begun developing a database for their growing digital archives of photographs, architectural drawings, and historic documents. This catalog, comprised of a number of different collections, will eventually be available online. In the meantime items from the catalog are available to Society members  for preservation or educational purposes.

We are very pleased that these Little River Light Station images from the Lighthouse Digest will be included in this repository.

Submitted by Tim Harrison and Candace Clifford, May 18, 2017. 

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Nighttime Photography workshop with Pete Lerro: May 22, 2017 Cape Hatteras

USLHS is pleased to announce a special event on May 22, 2017 with professional photographer Pete Lerro (www.lerroproductions.com). 

Lighthouses were made to illuminate the night sky so why not photograph them in their natural environment? Peter Lerro has been photographing lighthouses at night for over 15 years. He will teach participants how to take great lighthouse pictures at night by utilizing the light from the moon and stars as well as use a mix of fill flash. Participants will also learn how to photograph lighthouses with the milky way and star trails.

Pete Lerro III is a college graduate of Temple University in Pennsylvania where he studied video audio and photography. Lerro is currently a full-time professional photographer and owner at Lerro Productions. When Lerro is not on assignment, he organizes photo shoot tours, workshops across the country and more. His photography expertise includes family, portraits, commercials, products, landscapes, wedding and sports. Throughout his career he has shot for many major establishments including the Department of Homeland Security, NFL, NBA, NHL, USA Gymnastics, IRL and Spartan Race.

May 22 Schedule:

7:00pm:  The group will meet at The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Buxton, NC, which is a short distance from the lighthouse, and enjoy an introduction to night time photography with Pete.

7:30pm – 9:00pm:  Sunset through Dusk. Photos of the lighthouse, keepers home and lighthouse keeper in uniform with his/her trusty lantern setting up for the evening. Learn to balance between ambient light, camera and independent strobe flash.

9:30pm – 11:00pm: Night Session.  Same scenario as Sunset through Dusk,  learning to balance in moon light for added effect.

2:00am – 3:30am:   Milky Way. Photograph the tallest light in the US, balancing night lighting and time exposures with the brilliance of the Milky Way in the background!

Photographers registering will need their own transportation and a camera (DSLR style – digital single lens reflex), cable release and tripod.  Also, you’ll need a flashlight with a red lens if possible (headlamps are ideal for hands free operation of  equipment.)

Photography workshop is $150 per person. Call today to reserve at 415-362-7255 or email Nancy@uslhs.org.

 

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Old Baldy Celebrates 200th Birthday

BIRTHDAYFLYERThe folks at the Old Baldy Foundation are hosting a party on Saturday, April 15, 2017, to celebrate the anniversary of the construction of their 200-year-old tower. The tower has undergone numerous repairs to make her look her best for this important event (see Old Baldy Prepares for 200th Birthday published in November 2016).

The oldest lighthouse in North Carolina, the current Bald Head Lighthouse was constructed in 1817 at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. It replaced an earlier tower that was lit on December 23, 1794, to guide shipping into the port of Wilmington via the Cape Fear River. The earlier tower was lost to erosion.

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Bald Head Lighthouse in 1893. National Archives photo 26-LG-26-9
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Daniel S. Way offered to construct the proposed brick and stucco tower for $14,700. The Connecticut builder received the contract. Letter from Daniel Way to Commissioner of the Revenue Samuel H. Smith found in National Archives Record Group 26

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This plaque above the entrance recognizes Daniel S. Way as the builder. The R. Cochran Foundry most likely provided the lantern. Photos by Candace Clifford, 2001

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Large National Archives Collection of Lighthouse Photographs Now Available Online

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Morris Island Light Station, South Carolina. National Archives 26-LG-70-73

A huge thank you goes out to the National Archives for making their main collection of lighthouse photos available online! Over 1100 folders of lighthouse images taken between 1855 and 1933 can now be viewed and downloaded from the National Archives digital catalog. A project started several years ago appears to be complete.

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Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota. National Archives 26-LG-89-54

According to the catalog’s description:

Photographs show views of the structures, surrounding areas, shorelines, and depict the living conditions of keepers, their families and of maintenance personnel. There are views showing construction of the buildings and installation of lights; . . .  light structures at forts, . . . memorial lights, lightships; and portraits of keepers (box 69). Most of the photographs are black and white and cyanotypes scattered throughout. They vary in size and most are mounted on cards. . . .  Photographs of miscellaneous and foreign lighthouses are in boxes 69 through 71A.

Those who have worked with 26-LG at the Still Pictures Branch at Archives II, College Park, Maryland, may remember that the condition of the photos prevented scanning of the prints or taking them out of their protective mylar, so having them available online is a real boon to lighthouse researchers. It also protects the originals from continued handling and exposure to harmful light.

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Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, Florida, with lighthouse tender in distance. National Archives 26-LG-69-55

The images are organized geographically so the first box starts with Maine in the 1st Lighthouse District and goes through each district, ending with Alaska and Hawaii in the 19th Lighthouse District. After that there are a number of boxes of miscellaneous photos that include unidentified lighthouses, some of which, our Facebook fans have been helping to identify. Finally a number of foreign lighthouses are filed at the end of the collection.

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1890s construction of the San Bernardino Island Lighthouse in the Philippines. The 26-LG collection includes a number of Philippine lighthouses. National Archives 26-LG-71A-189
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An unidentified light station that most likely does not survive. National Archives 26-LG-70-43

Submitted by Candace Clifford, February 22, 2017

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