Pharos is one of the most secretive and least known of the British Isleas and there is some dispute as to whether it even exists. Its location is hard to pinpoint. Some say it is a floating island, drifting away on the tide only to reappear in a different place. Others claim it is a bewitched isle that sometimes sinks below the waves, though how the resident population survives regular immersion is never explained. To add to the mystery, the area is prone to mists which spring up out of nowhere and vanish as quickly as they form.
Being uncharted it is particularly important for the island and surrounding rocks to be made as noticeable as possible to shipping and Pharos is unusually well endowed with lighthouses. The islanders regard their lighthouses as beacons, not only linking all sides of the island with light, but also shining out welcome to the outside world.
According to legend, Pharos takes its name from a mythical beast which is said to protect the island, emerging from the waves at times of danger or crisis. This strange creature is part lion, part fish and part bird and bears a flaming torch.
Pharos’ stamps are designed by Hilary Daniels and are available to lucky subscribers. It is intended that a new Lighthouse stamp (cover and sheet) will be available to subscribers every month from January 2010. There are sports/variations deliberately send to drive us to drink. In keeping with the lighthouse theme these variations are known as “beamers”. Stamps other than the Lighthouse series may also rise from the waves and we will, of course, report on those as well.
The capital of Pharos is Patience. It is as well to remember that when waiting for each new issue.
The table listing the issues is below. The stamps have separate pages in order to keep loading time down.
Lighthouse Stamps of Pharos
|1||1||2p Nothe Lighthouse, Blue(s)|
|1S||Sheet of 36|
|1ba||Seagull Beamer 1|
|1bb||Seagull Beamer 2|
|1c||2p used alone on cover|
|2||2||1p Loveless Head Lighthouse, Grey and Purple|
|2S||Sheet of 42|
|2b||Shifted doorway Beamer|
|2c||1p used alone on cover|
|3||3||10p Port Winstanley, Terracotta, Duck-egg Blue and Stone|
|3s||Sheet of 30|
|3b||Window in door Beamer|
|3c||10p used alone on cover|
|4||4||50p Hooper Island Lighthouse, Blue, Aquamarine, Sailcloth and Rust|
|4s||Sheet of 45|
|4b||"Sail" Beamer (aka the "Invisible Beamer")|
|4w||5||Woodby's sponsorship insert.|