Featured contributor Kevin Howley on George W. Bush sticker(s)

Kevin Howley (PhD Indiana University, 1998) is a writer and educator. His work has appeared in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Social Movement Studies, Literature/Film Quarterly and Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture. His most recent book is Drones: Media Discourse and the Public Imagination. [Editor’s Note: Kevin was one of the first people to contact me offering to contribute to the Paper Bullets exhibition and book. His original plan was to write about the “No Intel Inside” sticker of George W. Bush, but after seeing his final essay, I asked if I could include other Bush stickers, too. I am delighted with how this all turned…

ChatGPT4 to catalogue sociopolitical stickers?

I took a workshop yesterday at SLU where I work on generative AI and dove deep down the rabbit hole. I had gone into the workshop as a casual user of an early version of ChatGPT but came away really impressed with some possibilities for cataloguing sociopolitical stickers in the Street Art Graphics digital image collection. In the workshop, I used the library’s ChatGPT4 version to do a few test runs on stickers and other artworks in the SLU image collections, and here is what I learned. Prompt: I am a university professor. Describe the contents and meaning of this…

U.S. Political Campaign Stickers

Organized in chronological order with text from Wikipedia (accessed February 17, 2024). Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), commonly known as FDR, was an American politician who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. He was a member of the Democratic Party and is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms. His initial two terms were centered on combating the Great Depression, while his third and fourth saw him shift his focus to America’s involvement in World War II. Alfred Mossman Landon (September 9,…

New featured contributor to “Paper Bullets” exhibition + catalogue – Kevin Howley

In November 2023, I sent out a call for abstracts to CULTSTUD-L, a cultural studies listserv, inviting contributions to be included in the Paper Bullets: 100 Years of Political Stickers from Around the World exhibition and accompanying catalogue. “International researchers, scholars, writers, artists, activists, archivists, librarians, and others from diverse multicultural backgrounds are welcome to submit proposals. Essays will be presented in English, though translations can also be presented in the exhibition. Graduate students are welcome to submit. The Los Angeles Center for the Study of Political Graphics’ poster of the week provides some excellent examples of the sort of…

“SHE SLAPS 2.0” at Haggin Museum (CA, USA)

“SHE SLAPS 2.0” at Haggin Museum (CA, USA) SHE SLAPS 2.0! Street Art Stickers by Women Artists from Around the World will be presented the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA, from June 6 through August 18, 2024. SHE SLAPS 2.0! features over 596 street art stickers by 118 contemporary women artists from 22 countries around the world. Drawn from the private collection of Oliver Baudach, founder and director of Hatch Kingdom Sticker Museum in Berlin, Germany, the exhibition includes stickers individually drawn, painted, and/or printed by the artists, as well as silkscreen, offset, and digital designs that were printed in…

I.W.W. “stickerettes” in 1917 publication + other blog posts on “stickerettes”

I found another early reference to I.W.W. stickerettes from The International Socialist Review dated February 1917 (Vol. XVII, No. 8, page 455). An article called “Hitting the Trail in the Lumber Camps” by Harrison George states, “WHILE the Lumber Workers’ Union, the bull-pup of the Industrial Workers of the World, was in convention at Portland, Ore., during the last week of December, the rumblings of revolt began half way across the continent among workers of that industry in Minnesota. North and westward of the Mesaba Iron Range lies millions of acres of swamp lands. In the primeval state, these swamps…

I.W.W. stickerettes at Cornell University

I made another trip to Cornell last month to look at the I.W.W. stickerettes in the Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation & Archives at the Catherwood Library. Cornell has quite a collection of I.W.W. materials, in fact. I was particularly interested in the collection 5210G (Boxes 1 and 9). One of the pages in the scrapbook below called the little adhesives “dodgers,” too, but I’ve never seen that term used before. Some were printed by an I.W.W. office at 308 Stewart Avenue in Ithaca, NY. The librarian told me that “Vernon Briggs Jr. donated the materials in 5210G, but…

Featured student: Elena Shaw, SLU Class of 2024

This summer I have had the good fortune to work in depth on Spanish political stickers in my collection with a rising senior, Elena (Ellie) Shaw. I got to know Ellie last spring when she was a contributing writer for the Weaving the Streets & People’s History Archive that I oversee with John Collins from SLU. You can see her posts from her off-campus study in Spain at Lavapiés: The Perfect Place for Rebellion; Incendiary Commentary: The Ninots of Las Fallas, Valencia; and The Battle for Quinta Torres Arias: from Common Ground to Private Playground. While in Spain, Ellie also…

“Political Activist Stickers of the German Football Club St. Pauli” conference proposal

My paper was accepted for the German Studies Association of Australia International Conference, “Widerstand/Resistance,” at the University of Sydney, Australia, November 29 – December 1, 2023. Political Activist Stickers of the German Football Club St. Pauli Hamburg, the German port city home to the Football Club St. Pauli (FCSP), hosts a sports team well known for its outspoken anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-sexist, and anti-homophobic politics and its staunchly progressive social activism. Founded in 1910, the club is located in the working-class district along the docks near the Reeperbahn red-light district, and for the past forty years has maintained a cult following…