February 28, 2018 2 min read

When is the last time you saw an auto travel decal on a car window?

I’m not sure where these colorful decals went, but they are rare on today's vehicles. As I recently drove to town, I saw a car which was decorated with several stickers (although not decals), which were all part of a series. They had the same design, the same lettering, and the same black and white (classy looking) sameness. Each one was for a national park, and I felt a pang of sentimental nostalgia when I realized that travel window decals of old were essentially gone.

In the 1950’s, families generally had one car. It was often a station wagon. Station wagons were the forerunners of the popular minivans of the 80’s and 90’s and the sport wagons of today. Families seemed to travel more in those earlier days and it was usually in the family car. It was a symbol of pride to show where you had been by using travel decals, particularly if there were pre-teen children involved. There were a lot more children per family then, so it became a thing.  

The decals usually showed a state map with the name of the state in big, bold letters. They might show deserts, mountains, farm fields, beaches, forests, monuments, and all in cartoon style artwork. The windows in station wagons came in handy with lots room to decorate. (Decals on other windows would restrict driving vision and may have been illegal.)

Now, however, we post selfies on Facebook and tweet about trips (and everything else). The result is that no longer will you pull up to a friend’s house and be greeted with, “So, I see you went to Idaho.” It’s easier to trade in a car that isn’t covered with travel stickers, of course, but I for one miss seeing those travel totems of old.

In lieu of decals, rear car bumpers are more likely to be the place to declare yourself to the world and show your brand. Bumper stickers on your car can identify your political leaning, sport team loyalty, favorite breed of dog, honk if you love (fill-in-the blank), etc. and create a sort of a moving bio of you as a person. 

So if you miss the old decals, but if you're not quite sure you want to emblazon your car bumpers with a witty or heartfelt slogan, (or if you just want something that isn't quite so permanently stuck in place), Flagsrus offers numerous ways to express your individuality in your own yard. Be it a mailbox cover, a welcome mat, or a house or garden banner, there is a decorative way to show what your interests are at Flagsrus.


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