The Postal Service issued a 34-cent Peanuts commemorative stamp in Santa Rosa, California, on May 17, 2001. The stamp, designed by Carl Herrman of Carlsbad, California, went on sale nationwide May 18, 2001.
This 2001 stamp pane commemorates the comic strip "Peanuts" with the character Snoopy. Drawn by Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), "Peanuts" began in syndication on October 2, 1950. The installment published on Sunday, February 13, 2000, was the last original comic strip by Schulz, who died the previous day. "Peanuts" appears in approximately 2,600 newspapers in seventy-five countries and is translated into twenty-one languages.
"Peanuts" focuses on the anxieties and joys of childhood as expressed by a cast of children who often seem wise beyond their years. Among them are the lovable Charlie Brown, who perseveres despite continuous failure; the philosophical, blanket-carrying Linus; the fussbudget Lucy, who dispenses psychological advice for a nickel from behind a concession stand; and toy-piano virtuoso Schroeder. Central to the comic strip is Charlie Brown's dog Snoopy, who first stood on his hind legs in 1958 and became extremely popular for his imaginative adventures as a number of characters, among them the World War I flying ace depicted on this stamp.
Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd., printed 125 million stamps in the offset process with microprinting, "USPS."
Postal Bulletin (April 5, 2001).