The revolution of car magnets

 Magnetic signs for cars, better known as “Bumper Stickers” are typically defined as a label, sticker, or magnet with a message or photograph of some sort, designed to attach to the bumper of a vehicle, bicycle, or other vehicular objects. Intended to display whatever you chose to occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians. Bumper stickers provide a way to display who you are on a personal level, to others driving on the road and passersby. These magnetic car signs can be made in a variety of forms, ranging from the most popular categories: religion, sports, politics, ethnicity, humor, commercial advertising, and so much more. bumper stickers are used widely around the world, on all makes and models. Though the united states have taken this fad and grew it enormously, some countries such as the United Kingdom have opted out of the experience.

Before car magnet signs came about, individuals sought out new and exciting ways to display themselves to the general public through their “vehicles”, which at that time were most often horse-drawn carriages. During the horse and buggy era, businesses and advertisers would etch their information info horsefly nets and drape it over the back of the buggy for the wind to catch & carry their message to the public eye. Shortly after, the coming about of engine run automobiles, advertisers and business owners would weld their business information onto varying sized slats of metal and wire it to the bumpers of their vehicle. Among this timeframe a competing Missouri man with fame on his mind, discovered the ability to transfer a drawing or text from paper to window, simply by wetting the paper on the glass surface using a sponge of some sort. Thus, the infatuation with custom car magnets and stickers began!

A recent study has shown that oddly enough- the more vehicle magnets and stickers you have, the more likely you are to be an aggressive driver, entailing speeding, swerving, and vehicle accidents in general. Studies have linked multiple varieties of bumper stickers and magnets to a broad range of people, relative to the country tag bumper magnet being linked to drivers who regularly cross international borders, and the religion magnets being linked to people who often drive slower than the speed limit. With our technological abilities changing, growing and enhancing, many people are now using magnetic signs for cars to display relevant information about the passengers to others on the road. Examples include signs with text reading “Caution- Child Aboard”, “Caution- Disabled Driver”, or “Caution- Animals Inside”. Many people are conforming to the idea of displaying medical information through their car magnets such as “Caution; Type 1 Diabetic”, “Caution- Epileptic Passenger”, or “Caution- Child with Autism, Down Syndrome, or Deaf.” These magnets can sometimes be a difference between life & death in the event of a traumatic accident resulting in injury.

The automobile magnet as we know it today is made with a traditional 1 cm thick magnets designed to cling to your bumper. Believe it or not, they were not always as convenient as we know them today. Jumping back to the World War II era, bumper stickers were being produced with regular paper and a thick layer of brushed on the liquid adhesive. As the demand grew, so did the technical production & material usage. Customers were not pleased with the durability and quality of their stickers. They did not withstand rainy, windy, or snowy conditions. They simply withered away within a matter of days! In order to improve their idea, they introduced pressure-sensitive stickers, which had a thin layer of plastic over the top. This new idea was guaranteed to resolve their weather-related complaints, and so it did! Business boomed, the cash flow was enormous, and the love for bumper stickers grew with each day. As time went on, the sticker application slowly faded, and the vinyl/magnet combination stepped in and crushed the competition. This new magnetic bumper application could be removed, replaced, or moved anytime the driver pleased. This magnet could be placed, not only on your automobile but your bicycle, your refrigerator, your toolbox, and so many other metal surfaces.

The love for bumper stickers has grown enormously over the years, with people displaying their gender, religion, family count, politic standpoint, state of residence, pets, and so much more to the public eye. Some may argue that more personal car magnets may pose a safety risk, we bounce back with the idea that it is all anonymous. After all, what harm could magnetized signs do?