Today when I was going through some stickers and ribbons for my friends house warming party I started to wonder where the first sticker came from. Turns out there are a few theories of where the first modern day sticker came from.
“It has also been suggested that Sir Rowland Hill, in 1839, invented the modern sticker when he created and introduced an adhesive paper that became the first Postage Stamps.
Then there are those who believe that the sticker was invented in the 1880′s by European advertising gurus, who came up with the idea to help consumers identify (and ultimately purchase) products by use of colorful paper “labels.” These colorful paper labels were stuck to various types of fruit and fruit packaging with a simple gum paste. Apparently, there was massive competition in European orchards at this time in history. These inventive stickers were used primarily on the sides of the fruit crates to help make their containers “stand out” from their competitors.”
So there you have it competitive fruit vendors or some guy that liked licking paper. Awesome!