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Ansco Film at Lynde Point Light
This 1947 magazine advertisement for Ansco camera film used the Lynde Point Lighthouse in Old Saybrook to promote its product with a headline of “Light on an obscure point.” The advertisement promoted Ansco and the wide-latitude film, which they described as the ability of a film to allow a degree of overexposure or underexposure and still yield a printable negative.

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Galveston Lighthouse Post Card
This vintage post card is labeled Galveston Lighthouse, Galveston, Texas. However, the correct name of the lighthouses is the Fort Point Lighthouses that stood in Galveston Bay from 1882 until 1953 when it was dismantled and removed. We don’t know what year the post card was made, but it was mailed and postmarked in 1948.

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Misprint
This old post card was incorrectly printed and widely distributed as North Point Lighthouse in Racine, Wisconsin, when it is actually the Wind Point Lighthouse in Racine, Wisconsin. The North Point Lighthouse, which is actually in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, does not look anything like the Wind Point Lighthouse. Sadly, many tourists of the time did not know that they had been misled.

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Another Misprint of the Time
Here’s another vintage post card that misled tourists of its time. Printed between 1901 and 1907 by the Hugh C. Leighton Co. of Portland, this card identified the lighthouse as Burnt Island Lighthouse off Old Orchard Beach, Maine. However, this is actually Wood Island Lighthouse. Although the lighthouse can be seen in the distance off Old Orchard Beach, it should have said that Wood Island Lighthouse is off the coast of Biddeford Pool, Maine. The pyramid bell tower, shown here, no longer stands, and the house looks significantly different today from when this photo was taken. (FYI – Burnt Island Lighthouse is on an island in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.)

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Hertz Promoted Maine With Lighthouse
This 1957 Hertz Rent-A-Car brochure promoted Maine with an image of Portland Head Lighthouse saying, “For a Never Forgotten Vacation Come To Maine . . . Where the Air is Cool and the Welcome Warm.” Inside the brochure it said, “Beckoning to you from Friendly Portland are Vast, Primeval Forests, Towering Mountains and Beautiful Lakes of Maine Where Your Every Vacation Desire is Fulfilled to Overwhelming.”

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The Langlois Brothers
Shown here left to right are three of the Langlois brothers: Thomas, John, and James. The small child is Petra Shottman, born in August of 1922, the granddaughter of John Langlois; missing from the photo are brothers Frank and Clark. James Langlois, who served at Oregon’s Cape Blanco Lighthouse, has the record for serving the longest time at any one lighthouse – an amazing 42 ½ years. It is said that he never set foot inside another lighthouse.(From the archives of the Bandon Historical Society and Museum.)

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Abandonment at Cape Elizabeth Light
Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (east tower) in Cape Elizabeth, Maine as it appeared in the late 1940s after its automation and after its keeper had been removed and before the keeper’s house was sold into private ownership. At the time this photograph was taken, the keeper’s house had been abandoned and the tower was in a state of total neglect.

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With Fog Equipment
Lighthouse keeper Anton Trittinger with the fog signal machinery at Point Vincente Lighthouse in California. Anton Trittinger served as the lighthouse keeper at Point Vincente Lighthouse from 1930 to 1945. He previously served at Humboldt Harbor Lighthouse from 1928 to 1930 and Farallon Island Lighthouse from 1926 to 1928.

This story appeared in the May/Jun 2017 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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