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What happened to bumper stickers?

Has anybody beside me notice you don’t see many bumper stickers on cars these day?  As a kid in the 1970s and 1980s, I use to love reading bumper stickers on cars.  and put a few on my mother’s car too. (with her approval of course)  They were a record of what people enjoyed, where they’ve traveled and just silly thoughts.  Little colorful personal billboards for all to see.  Some times cover the entire back end of cars.

I personally haven’t had a bumper sticker on my car for about a decade.  The last was a Christian religious (It read “Know Jesus Know Peace”) bumper sticker my mother bought.   We eventually took it off after an incident in a parking lot where an indian woman physically attack my car (my mother was with me at the time), pounding on the wind shield.  My mother figured it had to do with the Christian sticker and wanted it removed.  Needless to say it was an upsetting event for both of us.

But why did people stop putting them on their cars?  Surely most people weren’t faced with some nut case like we were.  Cars today are so dull and boring, they could use some bumper stickers to brighten them up!  I got thinking about this a few days ago when I found a un-used bumper sticker from my favorite radio station growing up.  And even though I’m out of range of  that station where I live now, guess where it’s going soon?  On the back of my Pontiac!  And I will add more as I find stuff I like.