United States post offices unveiled their seasonal stamp collection last month, which included a Hanukkah design.
The Hanukkah Forever stamp commemorates the annual Jewish festival, with eight letters backed by colorful, kinetic shapes.
“This year, for the first time, all of our holiday stamps are being issued as ‘forever’ stamps,” said Stephen Kearney, executive director of Stamp Services. “These popular stamps rank among our best sellers, with 1.3 billion being sold from October to December last year. That amounts to one in every 10 stamps we sell for the year.”
25 million Hanukkah stamps were printed in the fourth such issuance to commemorate the holiday.
Art director Ethel Kessler worked with graphic designer Suzanne Kleinwaks to create this year’s stamp. The eight shapes stand for the eight nights of celebration, and each block is titled to mimic the spinning dreidel behind the second “K.”
“There aren’t a lot of national-level projects that are focused on the Jewish community,” Kleinwaks said to the Baltimore Jewish Times. “I want people to enjoy the holiday, and if this little snippet of art can bring a smile to someone’s face when they get a letter in the mail, that’s great.”