Stickers have always played a great role in business advertising around the world. Due to their ability to immediately take hold of public’s attention, the stickers are preferred and utilized by marketing professionals around the world. Apart from being promotional tools, they also serve as decorative as well as educational tools used in various activities. Here are ten imperative facts about stickers you never knew:
1. They are usually printed out on paper, vinyl or plastic stock with one side being sticky for pasting on various objects.
2. The earliest stickers were just objects printed on a plain paper which required gum glue for pasting. They were used in the 1800s.
3. The history of stickers began with the tax and revenue stamps. During the mid 1700s, these stamps were used for collecting fees and taxes on various products. Subsequently, the stickers were used as stamps for postage.
4. The first ever adhesive stamps in the world were introduced in UK in the year 1840. These stamps were pasted via dry-sticker formula which required moistening of sticky side to place the stamp on postage.
5. The first stickers which came with peel-off backing were made in the year 1935. They were made in Oklahoma, U.S by R Stanton Avery. These stickers were called ‘Modern Stickers’ due to their self-adhesive feature.
6. Children greatly adore stickers and find it fun to paste them at different places. Stickers are also given to kids as incentive. Majority of the children use stickers for decorative purposes. They are also used at Montessori’s as teaching-aid.
7. A wide majority of people around the world are crazy about bumper stickers. The first ever bumper stickers were made by a printer for the advertising purpose.
8. Stickers come in a variety of materials including plain, fabric, acrylic three dimensional, sparkly and many more.
9. Stickers are usually laminated for additional protection and long life. The lamination may be glossy or matte depending on requirement. They are also additionally UV coating with high gloss for water resistance and especially for outdoor application.
10. Stickers can be large, medium or huge. They can be cut into special sizes through a process called die-cutting. They are used for labeling, advertising, product branding, postage & mailings, signage and many other purposes.