January 13 – National Sticker Day

Posted on January 13, 2017


Stickers can be anything from product labels on jars to price tags, from cute stick-on pictures kids like to decorate with to practical labels on file folders, from printed circular labels on DVDs to postage stamps.
Some stickers are giant wall stickers!

The first stickers were labels stuck to products with a gum paste. This was back in the 1880s, in Europe, and the stickers DID boost sales.... So the practice of using stickers...um...stuck around!

After that, people went to work making different, specialized pastes that would allow stickers to stick to things better. One of the innovators that worked on this problem, R. Stanton Avery, invented modern stickers -- that is, self-adhesive labels with removable backings. 

And it seems he made piles of money in doing so! His company still leads in adhesive labels / stickers. Avery served as chairman of the board of trustees on the highly respected California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and he also served on the boards of trustees of the marvelous Huntington Library and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Avery even bought himself a castle in Scotland!

Avery died in Pasadena, California (the city I grew up in), at age 90 -- but more to the point today is that he was born on this date in 1907, in Oklahoma. That's why the people who wanted a National Sticker Day decided to make it on January 13.

Did you know...?

One of the newer Avery products is
sticker paper for our printers - so we
can all make our own personalized
The Avery Dennison Corporation now has sixteen thousand employees in 37 different countries around the world. And its sales are not in the millions of dollars every year, but in the billions!

On last year's Sticker Day, the folks at StickerGiant set a world's record for the largest sticker ball. It was 8.8 feet in circumference (around), and it weighed more than 230 pounds. Check it out. 

Some people "sticker bomb" their cars...or even their guitars!

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