By Denise McCarty
Snoopy and other familiar characters from the Peanuts comic strip are starring on new stamps from Germany’s Deutsche Post.
A 70¢ stamp, called Post for Snoopy, shows Woodstock delivering a letter to Snoopy. The letter is sealed with a red heart.
The Peanuts gang is featured on the 90¢ stamp. In addition to Snoopy and Woodstock, this design depicts Sally, Lucy, Linus and Charlie Brown.
Deutsche Post is issuing the stamps March 1 in three formats: sheets of 10, booklets of 10, and a souvenir sheet with the two designs se-tenant (side-by-side).
Additional Peanuts scenes are shown in the selvage. For example, the selvage of the souvenir sheet depicts Charlie Brown hiding behind a tree, a hot air balloon with the zigzag design from his shirt, and Woodstock typing a letter on top of Snoopy’s doghouse.
A postal card for the March 1-3 Munich International Stamp Fair also shows the design of the 70¢ Post for Snoopy stamp.
Created by American cartoonist Charles Schulz (1922-2000), the Peanuts comic strip debuted Oct. 2, 1950.
The United States and other countries have issued stamps showing Peanuts characters. The U.S. Postal Service depicted Snoopy on a 34¢ stamp in 2001 (Scott 3507) and commemorated the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas animated television special on Christmas stamps issued in 2015 (Scott 5021-5030).
Among the other countries with Peanuts stamps are the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Japan and Portugal.
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Jennifer Dengler designed the new German stamps, using copyrighted images from Peanuts Worldwide LLC. Bagel Security-Print printed the stamps by offset.
Information about new German stamps is available online.