📬 ‘Peanuts’ Commemorated in New USPS Post Stamps
The United States Postal Service is celebrating the 100th birthday of artist and “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz with 10 new theme stamps, USPS announced in a press release.
Characters from the beloved comic strip and holiday specials include Charlie Brown, Lucy, Franklin, Sally, Pigpen, Linus and more including, of course, Snoopy.
A social circle of young children is the only thing that receives all of Peanuts‘ attention; adults are around but are hardly ever seen or heard.
Charlie Brown, the main character, is timid, insecure, and meek. He is unable to kick a football held by his irascible companion Lucy, who constantly tugs it away at the last second, fly a kite, or triumph in a baseball game. Peanuts is a literary comic strip from the 1950s that has elements of philosophy, psychology, and sociology. Its rich psychological humour is fueled by the interactions and connections between the characters.
Additionally, the Postal Service will sell a unique pane of 20 of the stamps for $12. The “Peanuts” cast members Charlie Brown, Lucy, Franklin, Sally, Pigpen, Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock, as well as Schroeder, Peppermint Patty and Marcie, are featured on the postage stamps. Postal Service of the United States
Charles Schulz, who relocated to Sonoma County in 1958, passed away in Santa Rosa on February 12, 2000, at the age of 77, from colon cancer. He had been creating the “Peanuts” comic strip for almost 50 years by the time of his death.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Schulz detested the name Peanuts, and he continued to resent it throughout his life. He asserted that the title “Peanuts” would only make sense if there was a character by that name, and he accused the production manager at UFS of not even having read the comic strip before giving it a title.
When Schulz’s friend went to a newsstand in uptown Minneapolis on the day it was syndicated, he inquired if any newspapers featured Peanuts. The newsdealer responded, “No, and we don’t have any with popcorn either,” which verified his concerns about the title.
When asked what he worked for a living, Schulz would avoid stating his job title by responding, “I draw that comic strip with Snoopy, a dog and Charlie Brown in it.
In 1997, Schulz admitted that he had previously considered changing the name of the cartoon to Charlie Brown, but had come to the conclusion that doing so would ultimately result in issues with licensees who had already used the current title in their products and entail unnecessary costs for all downstream licensees.
Final Sunday strip, which came out February 13, 2000: a day after the death of Charles M. Schulz
Schulz created approximately 18,000 comic strips for “Peanuts,” which made its debut in 1950. The series later grew to include books, a broadway production, television holiday specials, and other things. The day after Schulz’s passing in 2000, the last printed comic was released.
On May 17, 2001, the United States issued a commemorative postage stamp honouring a Flying Ace from World War I. First class, 34 cents was the price.
Several books have been released to commemorate key anniversaries of Peanuts:
- 20th (1970) – Charlie Brown & Charlie Schulz
- 25th (1975) – Peanuts Jubilee
- 30th (1980) – Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown
- 30th (1980) – Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Me
- 35th (1985) – You Don’t Look 35, Charlie Brown
- 40th (1990) – Charles Schulz: 40 Years of Life & Art
- 45th (1995) – Around the World in 45 Years
- 50th (2000) – Peanuts: A Golden Celebration
- 50th (2000) – 50 Years of Happiness: A Tribute to Charles Schulz
- 60th (2009) – Celebrating Peanuts
- 65th (2015) – Celebrating Peanuts
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