For 2009 the US Postal Service is issuing a new design for this year’s Chanukah stamp. This year’s Menorah design is the 3rd in the Chanukah holiday series.
The new 2009 Hanukkah design features a photograph of a menorah with nine lit candles. The menorah was designed by Lisa Regan of the Garden Deva Sculpture Company in Tulsa, OK, and photographed by Ira Wexler of Braddock Heights, MD.
In 1996 the first Chanukah stamp, depicting a more abstract and playful version of a Menorah, was issued. In 2004 the 2nd design was issued featuring a Dreidel floating on a background of letters forming the word Hanukkah*
The New Chanukah stamp is now available at your local Post Office or you can order the stamp directly from the USPS website.
*FYI – Chanukah and Hanukkah are just different spellings of the same holiday. There is no definite English translation of the Hebrew word for Chanukah and in fact at last count – so far – we’ve found 13 different spellings of Chanukah. But don’t worry they are all the same holiday.