“PEANUTS” executive producer Lee Mendelson grew up in World War II-era America, enjoying a range of childhood hobbies in his native San Francisco. One of his favorites was collecting stamps.
Now, 50 years after he helped bring “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to the screen, Mendelson is thrilled to see “Peanuts” commemorated with newly released stamps that showcase art from the Emmy-winning 1965 special.
“As a stamp collector as a kid, I never would have dreamed that stamp collectors all around the world would someday be adding stamps about a TV show we had done,” Mendelson tells The Post’s Comic Riffs, referring to his collaboration with “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz and animator Bill Melendez.
“All of us who are associated with ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ are thrilled that the show has now been memorialized by having 10 scenes from the show on postage stamps,” he says.
The U.S. Postal Service has just announced that it will begin issuing the “Charlie Brown Christmas” stamps in October. The stamps will salute the show that kicked off decades of “Peanuts” TV specials, and which continues to draw millions of viewers each time it re-airs during the holiday season.
The dedication ceremony for the issuing of the 20-stamp booklets will be Oct. 1 at the Charles S. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., just up the road from Mendleson’s hometown. “Sparky’s” widow, Jean Schulz, and son Craig will be in attendance, as well as Mendelson and postmaster general Megan Brennan.
United Feature Syndicate launched “Peanuts” in just a handful of papers, including The Post, on Oct. 2, 1950; the beloved strip was in more than 2,000 papers when Charles Schulz died in 2000.
Craig Schulz and son Bryan co-scripted “The Peanuts Movie,” which Fox and Blue Sky Studios will release Nov. 6.
“After 50 years on television, it’s amazing to see that these classic scenes are now available as stamps,” Craig Schulz tells Comic Riffs. “…My dad would have been so proud!”