One of America’s favorite beagles is now on a forever stamp.
The United States Postal Service on Sept. 30 announced the release of the Charles M. Schulz Forever Stamps that include Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the rest of the gang.
The release of the stamps comes on the centennial of the famed cartoonist’s birth, the USPS said in a press release.
“The Postal Service is pleased to present its new Forever stamps commemorating the birth centennial of Charles M. Schulz — the beloved creator of ‘Peanuts’ … the most popular and influential comic strip in history,” said Luke Grossmann, the Postal Service’s finance and strategy senior vice president, who served as the stamp’s dedicating official.
“This isn’t the first time the Postal Service has featured ‘Peanuts’ characters on postage stamps. Snoopy appeared as the World War I Flying Ace in 2001. And in 2015, we issued stamps to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ — which like the strip itself, was created with both adults and children in mind,” he said.
Also featured in the stamp collect are Peppermint Patty, Linus, Sally, Pigpen, Schroder, Franklin, and Marcie.
“The joy of ‘Peanuts’ — matched with the joy of sending and receiving mail — is a wonderful way to commemorate Sparky’s life and the happiness his comic strip continues to bring to the world. From holiday mail to personal collections, we hope these stamps brighten the lives of ‘Peanuts’ fans and stamp collectors alike,” said Jean Schulz, widow of Schulz, referring to the cartoonist by his nickname.
According to the USPS press release, Schulz’s “Peanuts” became the most popular and successful comic strip in the history of the medium. Its characters, including Charlie Brown and Snoopy, became some of the best-known and most-beloved characters in all of American art and literature, gaining worldwide adoration through the comic strip itself, then via books, greeting cards, television, cinematic films, advertising campaigns, a Broadway musical, and countless other media and products.
The sheet of 20 stamps sells for $12 and can be purchased online at https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/charles-m-schulz-stamps-S_561704.