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Monday, July 29 2013

Well, stop it long enough for me to read the bumperstickers!  We’ve all seen them, but I got to wondering about how long they’ve been around and who started them. We know that graffiti goes back to the dawn of written languages; I’ve seen some written by Roman soldiers on the walls of building in the UK.  Goodness knows, we have our share of graffiti here, as well.  Some of it borders on great art, some of it is just plain ugly, both in style and language.  But curiousity got the best of me, so I went poking around the interwebs and discovered a few interesting things.  

The 1927 Ford Model A was the first car in the US to sport bumpers.  Until then, I guess you just had to ask a person what they thought of a particular issue, and hope the answer was brief enough that you got home before dark!

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One online source credits the current bumper sticker to Forest P. Gill, a silkscreen printer from Kansas City.  Since no other inventor has disputed the claim, we’ll let Forest…erm…run with it.

The first widespread use of the advertising bumper might have been one for a tourist attraction at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.
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 In the 1940s, visitors to the site had a sticker applied to their car, which duplicated the famous signs painted on the roofs of barns throughout the southeastern USA. In the late 1940’s, Rock City staff would circulate through the parking lot, applying the promotional sticker to every car. Although called "stickers", they were really lightweight, screen-printed cardboard. They were attached by means of thin aluminum strips, running through the end of the sign and wrapping around the bumper.

By the 1960’s, though, the bumpersticker as we know it was everywhere!  Many were political in nature, some were still advertisements.  And then…we got creative!
Forthwith, are some of my faves.  Feel free to share yours in the comments.  

You are the result of four billion years of evolution; fucking act like it!
Teach children how to think, not what to think.
Now the voices are texting me!!
Forget world peace, visualize using your turn signal.

Cogito Ergo Femina Sum
I think, therefore I am Female.

Save the Earth; it’s the only planet with chocolate.
Happier than a bird with a French fry!
Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.
My karma ran over your dogma.
You had me at “bacon wrapped”!
Michigan: First Line of Defense Against Canadians
Babies ate my dingo
Mater Tua (Your Mother)

Werewolf?  There, Wolf!
Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana.
Et tu, dufus?

Every Life Should Have Nine Cats

And since I did learn how to photobucket…here are a few I picked out for the diary:

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Sarcasm photo sarcasm_zps5c28d100.jpg

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Buckle Up photo buckleup_zps70886711.jpg

Now you just have to guess which ones I chose for cactusgal.  There will be no prizes..but lots of laughter.  Until she catches up with me, at which time, you will hear me whimpering.  :-)

Have a great day kids!!
Marti

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