Howard Koslow (New Jersey, New York, 1924 - 2016) "Georgia's Tybee Island Lighthouse" Signed lower left. Original Acrylic painting on Illustration Board.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting was published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. 37c TyBee Island Lighthouse stamp issued June 13, 2003.
Tybee Island light station was approved in the 1730s, and since there have been four lighthouses that have occupied the island. The first was finished in 1736, but had to be rebuilt in 1741 after a severe storm destroyed the original building. The third tower, completed in 1773, was the first to provide nighttime navigation and did so until the 1860s, when Confederate soldiers destroyed all but 60 feet of the tower with cannon fire. The fourth and final tower was completed in 1867. Constructed of cast iron and brick, the tower stands 145 feet, and includes a first order Fresnal lens, which is frequently struck by ducks and geese migrating for the winter. Having endured war, weather and wildlife, the Tybee Island Lighthouse has long provided safe passage along Georgia's coast.
Image Size: 14 x 12 in.
Overall Size: 20 x 18 in.
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