Arago: Hanukkah Issue

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Hanukkah Issue

The Postal Service issued a 37-cent Hanukkah special stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of twenty stamps on October 15, 2004, in New York, New York. Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland designed the stamp. The Banknote Corporation of America, Inc. and Sennett Security Products printed 60 million stamps in the offset process with microprinting "USPS."

Hanukkah is a joyous yearly festival spanning eight days and nights celebrated by Jews around the world. Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for "dedication." The holiday commemorates the successful revolt of the Jews led by Judah Maccabee against the oppressive government of Antiochus IV in 165 BCE. One of the traditions associated with this holiday is the spinning of the dreidel, a four-sided top commonly bearing a Hebrew letter on each side.

Stamp art director Ethel Kessler combined two elements in her design: the type in the background, designed by Greg Berger, and the photograph of the dreidel, made by Elise Moore. The dreidel is from the collection of Rabbi Lennard and Dr. Linda Thal, who purchased it some years ago in Jerusalem.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (September 16, 2004).


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