Caricatures and comics have been a significant part of Israeli culture for many years, providing an amusing and oftentimes sarcastic look at people`s lives. That is why Israeli Post celebrates 70 Years of Israel’s Independence with three humoristic stamps designed by Michel Kichka. The items depict how far the State and citizens of Israel have come from 1948 to 2018. During this time the country has garnered much experience, gone through innumerable historical events, witnessed troubles and miracles.
The first stamp takes us back to the "days of innocence", a time when the most popular vehicle was the tractor and agriculture was the top priority for Israel's heads of state and the majority of its population. The stamp features such images: a transistor radio, which was an exciting new technological invention that did not have to be plugged into the electricity, a glass of seltzer and a falafel, the national food.
The second stamp is devoted to the next phase that began nearly twenty years later. The tractor was replaced with a military jeep. Between the mid-1960's and the mid-1980's Israel was involved in four wars: the Six Day War, the War of Attrition, the Yom Kippur War and the First Lebanon War. The stamp features symbols of the time: a black and white television with the Channel One logo, a soft drink bottle and a hamburger.
And the third stamp takes us to the turning point in the 1990's and early 2000's. This is the modern time and the average Israeli spends much time pushing a full supermarket cart. People made way for an individualistic consumer society. The image that appeared on a stamp features a man that pushes a cart full of different products. In the lower part of the item we can also see a laptop, a glass of wine and a plate of sushi on their table.
These simple and amusing yet thought provoking illustrations characterize 70 years of Israeli history – proud of the achievements, concerned about the flaws, but as Eli Mohar wrote in the Convoy Song: "Israel is growing around us, stronger than all our shortcomings".