In celebration of both the 65th anniversary of Charles Schulz’ classic Peanuts strip (Oct. 2) and to launch October as National Stamp Collecting Month, the U.S. Postal Service will be dedicating a line of Forever stamps inspired by the animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas — which also has a big anniversary, its 50th, this December. The dedication will take place Oct. 1 at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, with the stamps available nationwide the same day.
The stamp images include:Charlie Brown holding his holiday sapling; Charlie Brown and Pigpen with a snowman; Snoopy and children ice skating; the whole crew around the Christmas tree; Linus with the tree; Charlie Brown checking his mailbox; Charlie Brown and Linus against a snowy wall; Charlie Brown and Linus by the tree; a frustrated Charlie Brown in front of Snoopy’s doghouse; and Charlie Brown decorating the tree in front of Snoopy’s lit-up doghouse. All were designed by Alexandria, VA-based art director Antonio Alcala.
At the dedication ceremony, Postmaster General Megan Brennan will be joined by Schulz’s widow Jean, his son Craig, A Charlie Brown Christmas exec producer Lee Mendelson, USPS Board of Governors Acting Chairman James Bilbray, Charles M. Schulz Museum Director Karen Johnson, and Snoopy.