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A Quick History of Stick

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Hey, Sticker Slickers!

Sometimes stickers say what words just can’t express—after all, a picture says a thousand words. And adhesive pieces of art look great as decoration around your camp bunk area, on your camp trunk, or in your bedroom at home! The right sticker can really make a place pop or bring the right tone to a written message.

You may be surprised to discover that, similar to emojis and their roots in hieroglyphics, stickers are traced back to Ancient Egypt as well.

Along with a mountain of other inventions such as Papyrus—a thin sheet made from the Papyrus reed that the ancients used to write on—the Egyptians are responsible for developing a plastered paper which was probably used to display prices of goods on the walls of the ancient markets.

This was essentially what we know as wet tape or gummed tape which is still found in wide use today in industrial settings. This is the type of material found on the inside of the flap on a mailing envelope—a water-activated adhesion.

As for the more modern stickers in the same style as the postage stamp came along with the English schoolmaster who invented them in 1893, Sir Rowland Hill. More modern stickers may have gotten their start with Sir Rowland Hill, who invented an adhesive paper in 1839. He took it upon himself to campaign for cheaper and faster mail delivery from the postal service. Thanks to Mr. Hill, the first stamp was issued in England in 1840. He was knighted for his efforts and invention.

Peruse our many options of stickers and decals available here at Everything Summer Camp! We have Camp Logos, Name Plax, Name Labels, and more—all great for when you’re feeling stick-y. Check ‘em out and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

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