Oct. 2 marks the 65th anniversary of the “Peanuts” comic strip and this December marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most popular holiday TV classics of all time — “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
To celebrate the holiday season and launch October as National Stamp Collecting Month, the U.S. Postal Service is holding a special dedication of the A Charlie Brown Christmas Forever stamps in conjunction with Cartoons Crossroads Columbus (CXC) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2, at Mershon Auditorium, Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43210. The event is free and open to the public.
Dedicating the stamps will be USPS Ohio Valley District Marketing Manager Andrew Glancy; Earl Musick, Postmaster of Sullivan, freelance cartoonist, and Charles Schulz family friend; and Lucy Caswell, founder of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, author of several books on cartooning, and CXC Executive Committee Member.
“In so many ways, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ especially on its 50th anniversary, delivers the spirit of the holidays by bringing people and generations together to share in a beautiful and simple story,” said Glancy.
“Charles Schulz and I spoke about how his characters would one day be on postages stamps,” said Musick. “I am sure he would be well pleased.”
The stamp images include: Charlie Brown holding the sapling that eventually becomes his Christmas tree; Charlie Brown and Pigpen with a snowman; Snoopy and children ice skating; the cast of the program gathered around the Christmas tree; Linus kneeling by the sparsely decorated Christmas tree; Charlie Brown checking his mailbox for a Christmas card; Charlie Brown and Linus leaning on a snowy brick wall; Charlie Brown and Linus standing by the Christmas tree; a frustrated Charlie Brown standing in front of Snoopy’s doghouse; and, Charlie Brown decorating the tree in front of the prize-winning lights display on Snoopy’s doghouse. Art director Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, designed the stamps.
This special dedication of the stamps coincides with the “Peanuts” comic strip debut in seven newspapers on Oct. 2, 1950: The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Allentown Call-Chronicle, The Bethlehem Globe-Times, The Denver Post, and The Seattle Times. When Schulz announced his retirement in December 1999, the “Peanuts” comic strip was syndicated in more than 2,600 newspapers worldwide, with book collections translated in more than 21 languages.