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History Archives • Candelita

Design Inspiration From Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards

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Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world.  It’s hard to ignore it even if you don’t celebrate it.  I decided to look into the story behind this major marketing holiday to get a better understanding of where it came from, how it originated and how it evolved into the marketing products celebrating a day of love.

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A (Short) Branding History

January 24, 2014 | By | No Comments">No Comments

“The word “brand” is derived from the Old Norse word brandr, which means “to burn by fire.” … In 1876, after the United Kingdom passed the Trade Mark Registration Act, Bass Ale became the first trademarked brand in the world after submitting its now-quintessential red triangle for trademark status. The act gave businesses the ability to register and protect a brand marker so that a similar icon couldn’t be used by any other company. In addition to clinching trademark number 1, Bass’s trailblazing history includes its appearances in Édouard Manet’s 1882 masterpiece A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and Pablo Picasso’s 1912 painting Bouteille de Bass et Guitare, ostensibly providing the brand with the cultural distinction of “first product placement.” … A little more than a century later, we are living in a world with over one hundred brands of bottled water.”

Debbie Millman – Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits (public library)

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