Rhode Island Picture
Lighthouse at Entrance to Black Sea -Bosphorus - Turkey
Divided Back Postcard July 29, 1912 British PO Constantinople
With 1911 King George V - Levant Overprint Scott #36
This postcard was sent from Constantinople,
Turkey on July 8, 1912
and was received at Esmond, Rhode Island
on July 20, 1912. The stamp is the
1911 King George V - 1
Penny Carmine issued in 1911,
(Great Britain - Scott #154) and is
overprinted "LEVANT." (British PO Constantinople - Scott #36).
The stamp is tied to the card with a circular date stamp (CDS)
"British Post Office Constantinople,"
which was one of the two types of cancellations used by this post office. The
other was a "barred oval"
with "C" in the center.
The British Post Office began operation on September
1, 1857 (Crimean War) and
was closed on September 30, 1914 (World
War I). It was reestablished on February
4, 1919 and closed for the last time on September
The Fenerbahce Lighthouse shown
above is located at the entrance to the Bosphorus
Straights, which connects the
Marmora Sea to the Black Sea.
The lighthouse was ordered to be constructed
by the Sultan "Suleyman the Magnificent"
in 1562. Fener, which is lighthouse
in Turkish also lent its name to the Royal Gardens
and later the entire neighborhood.
The lighthouse served as a prison
during the 18th century for
political prisoners, a few of whom
were executed on the site.