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New Chanukah stamp for 2013

 

The United States Postal Service recently introduced a new Chanukah stamp. The 2013 Chanukah stamp features a photograph of a beautiful forged-iron menorah created by Vermont blacksmith Steven Bronstein, who uses the ancient techniques of blacksmithing to create modern designs. Bronstein's blend of the primitive charm of ironwork with a contemporary design appealed to art director Ethel Kessler.

"There is a rich tradition of crafts in Judaic art and that tradition goes back many generations," she explained. "I like the handmade quality to this menorah. It continues in that tradition, and because it is made of humble material instead of precious metal, there is an honesty and simplicity to it."

For the photo shoot, Kessler chose white beeswax candles that enhanced the menorah's simplicity.

A Hanukkah stamp issued in 2009 also featured a menorah, though quite different in style. That menorah was photographed from the side, full on, showing the entire piece, which is a more traditional design. Kessler sought a different perspective for the 2013 stamp art, and photographer George E. Brown shot the menorah from slightly above and at an angle, with the left side rotated closer to the camera. The angle emphasized the menorah's delicate yet rugged design.

The stamp is available now at local Post Offices, online or by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).

 

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