The U.S. Postal Service begins selling Christmas stamps featuring Charlie Brown and the Peanuts starting on October 1st. The news of the release of the stamps spread like wildfire on social media last month. The combined marketing efforts of a new release computer animated Peanuts feature and a 50th anniversary television special celebrating a Charlie Brown Christmas has only added to the anticipated popularity of the new stamps.
That means you’ll need to be in line early and buy the stamps soon in October if you hope to snag some. The U.S. Post Office usually releases a variety of seasonal themed stamps each Christmas but this year the offering is pretty slim, adding even more pressure on the supplies of Peanut stamps.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which features characters from Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip, aired on CBS the evening of Dec. 9, 1965. Over the years, it has become a holiday season tradition. The program now airs annually on ABC.
“Peanuts,” which started as a daily comic strip, premiered on Oct. 2, 1950 in seven newspapers nationwide. In addition to the Chicago Tribune, the other publications included the Washington Post, Minneapolis Tribune, Allentown Call-Chronicle, Bethlehem Globe-Times, Denver Post and Seattle Times.
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.
Customers may pre-order the stamps now through this link only for delivery shortly after Oct. 1.