Confirmed date for early I.W.W. “stickerettes”

Some time ago, I learned about I.W.W. “stickerettes” that are in the University of Arizona’s Special Collections as part of the Bisbee Deportation Legal Papers and Exhibits AZ 114. I had taken screen shots of them to do additional research, but the website they were found on is now no longer active. What is useful, however, is that I can now identify the original 15 designs that were the earliest I.W.W political stickers in the United States (women’s suffrage stickers and stamps were also produced at this time). I’m pretty sure I.W.W leader and commercial artist Ralph Chaplin designed most if not all of these stickerettes. The advertisement below is from the I.W.W. journal called Solidarity dating to April 7, 1917.

Below are the I.W.W. stickerettes that were used as evidence pertaining to the “suit of Michael Simmons vs. the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad Company et al. in the Superior Court of Cochise County” related to the Bisbee Deportation in 1917.

Exhibit 4-7
Exhibit 8-12
Exhibit 13-17
Exhibit 155, 160, 164, 166
Exhibit 167-171
Exhibit 172-176
Exhibit 177-178

Here then, for the record, are the 15 designs dating to 1917. They are all included in my collection.

4 Responses to “Confirmed date for early I.W.W. “stickerettes””

  1. 1 DJ Alperovitz -- I.W.W. February 21, 2022 at 12:35 am

    Hello — Here is the link to the IWW Materials Preservation Project Classic Silent Agitator folder where you will find many more examples

    and here is the oldest reference that I have found to stickers from the July 2, 1910 issue of the Industrial Worker

    DJ Alperovitz

  2. 2 Stickerkitty February 21, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    These are very helpful, thank you! What is your connection to the I.W.W. stickers? I’d love to learn more about your work.

  3. 3 DJ Alperovitz May 8, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Hello – I am a member of the I.W.W. and curate the IWW Materials Preservation Project – currently 161 GB of documents, images, newspapers, magazines, booklets, books etc — DJ contact at

  1. 1 Adding images of I.W.W. ”stickerettes” to Wikipedia pages – Sticker Kitty Trackback on February 9, 2021 at 4:10 pm

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