At StickerGiant, we like to say “Every Sticker Has A Story,” and it’s true: we get to write about amazing companies that print stickers and labels with us. But do you know the story behind stickers themselves? We didn’t, and since we print and sell custom stickers, we wanted to know how the stick came to stickers.
Historians credit the European merchants in the 1880s as the first to stick labels to their products, in an effort to promote their goods and wares to passersby.
These savvy, pre-industrial entrepreneurs used a gum paste to get the labels to adhere and, well, stick: hence “stickers.” By the 1900s, a sticker-specific paste had been developed and was widely used, most notably was used on stamps, which dried and then would re-apply when moistened.
Then a fateful January day in 1907, the 13th to be exact: The birth of R. Stanton Avery, who in 1935 would create the first self-adhesive label using a peel off.
The sticker, as we know it, was born.
Stickers have grown up in the eighty-one years since their birth at the hand of Mr. Avery, and StickerGiant is proud to announce the creation of National Sticker Day, in association with National Day Calendar.
National Sticker Day will take place on January 13th, in honor of R. Stanton Avery.
In celebration of National Sticker Day, StickerGiant will attempt a Guinness World Record for the Largest Sticker Ball, that will be over 220 pounds when finished. We are also going to be doing prize giveaways, including free custom sticker jobs and StickerGiant apparel on Twitter. Follow along and stick with us on social media, tag us @stickergiant and with #NationalStickerDay #LargestStickerBall #StickerGiant.
We have partnered with Wibby Brewing in Longmont, Colorado, who will play host to our official weigh in of the Largest Sticker Ball on January 13th at 12pm MST. Come be a part of this record setting pursuit. Slap stickers and drink a Lightshine Helles, Wibby IPL or any of Wibby’s other tasteful lagers with us.
Other Sticker Ball Appearances:
December 4th, 5:30-7:30pm MST at Wibby Brewing for the Largest Sticker Ball Happy Hour
We will have an assortment of stickers to place on the ball and name tag stickers that you can write on and put your own name on the StickerBall. Come slap one on with us.