Autocollants: the public face of the activist

Submitted by cathy n on 2 December, 2014 - 7:08 Author: Beth Redmond

Workers' Liberty has produced a set autocollants (political stickers, widely used in other countries but not until now in Britain: see here)

In his book on autocollants, Zvonimir Novak argues that in France, progressively over the last 40 years, the autocollant has become the “means of expression of those who do not have access to the mainstream media”.

In France, the typical autocollant is about A6 size (about 15cm by 10) and rectangular. It may be stuck on your jacket, your bag, your helmet, your car, or your notebook, but it is also stuck on public places — lamp-posts, bus stops, walls, wherever.

It is, says Novak, “coming to displace the poster” as a means of publicity by the not-well-off, because it is so much more flexible. In the late 40s, according to Novak, walls in Paris were plastered with political posters, but postering is now more difficult and expensive. Political posters are in decline.

The autocollant is both highly visible and “the centre of an underground world, the world of the activists”.

We challenge you to find somewhere to stick your autocollants!

There are seven designs, see images below, although some have now sold out! These are available for activists to produce in small or large bundles, and in different combinations. Bulk orders offer a large discount.

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If comrades have any more ideas for designs and slogans, or are interested in more posters and autocollants being produced, please email bethredmond93@gmail.com.