Ford released the Model A in 1927 with a new safety feature—bumpers—and drivers soon began decorating them with homemade signs. As we know it today, the bumper sticker was the brainchild of a Kansas City screen printer named Forrest Gill. Mr. Gill had a surplus of adhesive-backed paper and fluorescent ink, two items left over from World War II-related projects, and he began printing messages for tourist sites. His first large job was printing 25,000 bumper stickers for Marine Gardens in Clearwater, Florida.
The bumper sticker has long since left its humble beginnings on the bumper. Many of today’s drivers advertise their political, religious, and cultural leanings all over their cars’ backsides. A few gems:
The closer you get, the slower I go.
Horn is broken. Watch for Finger.
feel much better now that I’ve given up hope.
Dogs come when you call them. Cats have answering machines.
All men are idiots and my husband is their king.
This car fell off of Mount Washington.
Life is a bitch and so am I.
The company Mr. Gill founded, Gill-Line, still exists and still sells bumper stickers.
The Unique History of Bumper Stickers by Andrew Sheldon.
President / Creative Director