I found this book of stickers in a little antique shop not too long ago, and gracious did it take me back! Right straight back to my very first years at Madoc Township Public School, in fact, when I was growing up at the Manse in Queensborough. In those days kids were given lots of classroom exercises to do on Gestetnered sheets of paper (remember Gestetners?) that the teacher would hand out: arithmetic exercises, spelling exercises, what have you. We’d all do your best and dutifully hand in our sheets, and the teacher would mark them and give them back. And if you’d done well, there would be a colourful sticker on the top of your sheet! And what a thrill it was to get one! (Okay, I am speaking for me here. I was a nerd.)
Quite often the sticker was a simple star, with red and gold being the most popular colours, as I recall. But sometimes the teacher would have splurged (somehow I suspect teachers used their own money for stuff like that back then – as they probably do now) on a book of fancier stickers like the one I found in the antique store. You might get a flower sticker, or a puppy sticker, or a dinosaur sticker; and it was always exciting as the sheets were being passed out by the teacher to wonder what bright image might adorn yours.
So I was quite tickled to find a book of those same stickers, and of course I snapped it up because it was so nice to have this fun little piece of my past. But wait just a minute: it was in an antique store. Which makes me… well, let’s just say it makes me – vintage.