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Lighthouses may look plain and simple. The unromantic would consider them uninteresting, not worth a second look. However, to the observant eye, lighthouses have a certain majesty and elegance which seem to be enhanced by the very fact that they stand far from the madding crowd. All of the following photographs are more than 100 years old, but they remain as alluring today as the lighthouses they depict.

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” — Alfred Stieglitz

View of the lighthouse of Petit Minou in France (before 1883)
Photo credit: anonymous photographer / Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Portland Head Light, Maine (circa 1902)
Photo credit: Detroit Publishing Co., publisher / Library of Congress

Cape Disappointment lighthouse, Fort Canby, Washington, at the mouth
of the Columbia River (1910)
Photo credit: John Fletcher Ford (c1862–1914) / Oregon State
University Special Collections & Archives

Spring Point Light (circa 1905)
Photo credit: unknown photographer / Library of Congress, USA

Crown Point Light House on Lake Champlain, Crown Point, New York (between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915)
Photo credit: Bain News Service, publisher / Library of Congress, USA

Gratiot Light, Port Huron, Michigan (circa 1900)
Photo credit: Detroit Publishing Co., publisher / Library of Congress, USA

Lighthouse and Jetty, le Havre (1857)
Photo credit: Gustave Le Gray (1820 – 1884) / The J. Paul Getty Museum

~ Barista Uno

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