Have you ever wondered where the process of labelling originated?

It may surprise you to know that labels have been around for centuries, making their first appearance in the 1880s when European artists stuck them onto products using different types of gum.

Initially placed on crates to showcase fruits, vegetables, cans and bottles of cigars, these early labels are now bought and sold as collectibles.

Amidst new rules and regulations from The Food and Drugs Act in 1906 to The Fair Packaging and Labelling Act in 1967, the self-adhesive label was born.

Originally manufactured in the 1930s, it wasn’t until later years that self-adhesive labels became widely used due to the invention of the inkjet printer. This enabled the creation of some very recognisable labels from brands that are still around today.


We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what the next few decades have in store for the evolution of labelling!

If you have label idea you’d love us to bring to life, call us on 01642 474230 or email sales@firstchoicelabels.co.uk.

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