New stamps commemorate "Peanuts" debut in Chicago Tribune

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" stamps will be issued Thursday. (U.S. Post Office)

Charlie Brown Christmas Forever stamps will be released Thursday to celebrate the debut of the comic strip 65 years ago in the Chicago Tribune, as well as six other newspapers.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that the booklet of 20 stamps will feature 10 still frames from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The TV special is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

"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.
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