Special thanks to DJ Alperovitz and the I.W.W. Materials Preservation Project for sending me the earliest example of a stickerette from 1906 and for the advertisements from the I.W.W. newspapers Solidarity and Industrial Worker (primarily 1910-1917 with some later ads done in 1933). The other newspaper articles reported on Ralph Chaplin, who designed many of the first stickerettes, and the over 100 I.W.W. members who were arrested by the U.S. government in September 1917 for alleged acts of sabotage under the Espionage Act of 1917. Ralph Chaplin edited Solidarity from March 10 through September 6, 1917, according to the Sacramento Bee, December 17, 1918. Bryan Alft kindly donated the May 1937 advertisements from The One Big Union Monthly.
Globe Miners’ Union No. 60, 1906
“Wise ‘Em Up,” Industrial Worker, July 2, 1910
“Order These Stickers,” Solidarity, July 9, 1910
First four designs from the 1915 advertisement.
Eleven additional designs from the first fifteen stickerettes.
“I.W.W.’s Come to Helena and Lose Literature,” Independent-Record, June 19, 1917