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ADDRESS LABELS 
A BRIEF HISTORY AND OVERVIEW
The humble address label is not something many people in the world are likely to give much thought to, but when you consider their history and importance in every day life today it may be worth having a more detailed look at them.
As far as we can tell the address label has been used in some form or another for roughly 5,000 years, obviously not adhesive ones they are a baby of the family, but things and places have been labelled since the written word has taken a hold in human society.
The ancient Greeks and Egyptians were probably the first to label places with hieroglyphics to indicate where people of high importance can be found, usually dead!
Examples of these are most famously to be found in the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Hieroglyphics were used here to tell the world that these are the resting places of their living gods the Pharaohs. They were so cleverly designed that language experts of today could decipher their meaning thousands of years later when these incredible tombs were discovered.
Things would have remained this way for quite some time until villages and small towns began to grow into larger towns and then cities. 
Simply put, if you could not see all the buildings in your town from its centre, then the chances are that is when you would come up with an address labelling system, just so you could navigate around your growing populous.
Damascus for example can be dated back to around 3,000 years B.C. and we know that it was of significant size from early on and would have needed addresses for its more important buildings such as government offices or places of worship for example.
It is likely these buildings and important areas had names relating to their purpose or the person of importance that lived there, examples of this could be “Magistrate Hall” or “Food Market Square” and would have had these names on the side of the buildings for those lucky enough to be able to read them.
Street names are likely to have also come at this time and again would, as now, have been named after important events or people past and present or as with buildings could be just about what can be found there, like “Butchery Lane” or “Baker Street”. We can see this trend all around the world today, house numbers are unlikely to have evolved at the same time in anywhere other than the most affluent areas, simply because only this sector of the population would have had need for such precise identification, most people would have had peasant status and their house would have been known simply as “The house of Taylor” or similar by their most immediate neighbours. 
So an address of early city life could have read “The House of Taylor” half way down “Bakers Road” near the “Magistrate Hall” but even to earn this address you would have had to have been much higher up the social scale than most around you, maybe a merchant or tax collector for example, the humble peasant going about his or her business would have little need or desire for an address label for many hundreds of years to come.
Moving on now we come to perhaps the most forward thinking of people, the Romans. 
These guys were simply the best when it comes to organisation. They knew how to create order within their society and with this order came the prosperity, so it was comparatively easy therefore to impose this order on other cultures. 
Obviously there was some degree of bloodshed where certain tribes and nations took umbrage at the Romans presence, but historians now believe that generally they were, albeit cautiously, welcomed and this explains why they were so successful for so long at expanding their empire. 
It is perhaps worth remembering that the Romans did not so much invade Britain as colonise it. The indigenous population would have been able to see very quickly how Roman methods were more efficient in farming, medicine, education and battle techniques and there is nothing so pleasing to humans than order!! 
Town names and road names and house numbering all most likely came with this order, giving previously individual families an identity within their town and street, a feeling of community for the first time perhaps, a proud ownership of the new address label.
With this order and prosperity came an increase in trade and the need to transport goods from one town to another, the address label was therefore most important and goods would have been labelled with leather tags with the address of the merchant burned into it or even sewn on printed fabric labels. 
At this time only the merchants and senior members of society would have needed to read so not happened to the address label for many centuries but when it did change it changed fast.
It is in Victorian times some 2,000 years later when the postal service in Britain was formed that the address label came in to it’s own, the government at this time recognised that education was the key to a prosperous future for all and it was vital that all should receive a sound education and reading and writing became the must have trend.
People began to send letters in large numbers and families were for the first time able to keep in regular contact with their loved ones over the whole country, they began using the new Royal Mail postal service that we still use today.
In those early days we can assume that they would write the letter and put the address on the envelope with little thought of those hieroglyphics some 5,000 years ago.
Today we have computers where we can store all of our addresses and recall them with just a click of a mouse, just a sheet of A4 laser labels in the printer and hey presto! the address is there to be peeled off the sheet and stuck on the letter or parcel. We still use hieroglyphics too with labels that have symbols like a broken glass to indicate a fragile content or diagrams on chemical warnings to warn handlers of the risk within, some things never go out of date!!
Address labels today come in sheet, roll or fan folded formats, Eurolabels Ltd can supply all these including a wide range of stock A4 laser labels and bespoke pre-printed labels in all the formats if required.
Plain or printed, paper or synthetic, waterproof and freezer proof or removable and even in bright Gold or Silver, we do the lot,. Just call 01728 652120 and let us guide you to getting the best, most historic of products that is best suited for your needs.
Go on make yourself feel as important as a Pharaoh!!

 

ADDRESS LABELS 

A BRIEF HISTORY AND OVERVIEW

 

The humble address label is not something many people in the world are likely to give much thought to, but when you consider their history and importance in every day life today it may be worth having a more detailed look at them.

 

As far as we can tell the address label has been used in some form or another for roughly 5,000 years, obviously not adhesive ones they are a baby of the family, but things and places have been labelled since the written word has taken a hold in human society.

The ancient Greeks and Egyptians were probably the first to label places with hieroglyphics to indicate where people of high importance can be found, usually dead!

Examples of these are most famously to be found in the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Hieroglyphics were used here to tell the world that these are the resting places of their living gods the Pharaohs. They were so cleverly designed that language experts of today could decipher their meaning thousands of years later when these incredible tombs were discovered.

 

Things would have remained this way for quite some time until villages and small towns began to grow into larger towns and then cities. 

Simply put, if you could not see all the buildings in your town from its centre, then the chances are that is when you would come up with an address labelling system, just so you could navigate around your growing populous.

Damascus for example can be dated back to around 3,000 years B.C. and we know that it was of significant size from early on and would have needed addresses for its more important buildings such as government offices or places of worship for example.

 

It is likely these buildings and important areas had names relating to their purpose or the person of importance that lived there, examples of this could be “Magistrate Hall” or “Food Market Square” and would have had these names on the side of the buildings for those lucky enough to be able to read them.

Street names are likely to have also come at this time and again would, as now, have been named after important events or people past and present or as with buildings could be just about what can be found there, like “Butchery Lane” or “Baker Street”. We can see this trend all around the world today, house numbers are unlikely to have evolved at the same time in anywhere other than the most affluent areas, simply because only this sector of the population would have had need for such precise identification, most people would have had peasant status and their house would have been known simply as “The house of Taylor” or similar by their most immediate neighbours.

 

So an address of early city life could have read “The House of Taylor” half way down “Bakers Road” near the “Magistrate Hall” but even to earn this address you would have had to have been much higher up the social scale than most around you, maybe a merchant or tax collector for example, the humble peasant going about his or her business would have little need or desire for an address label for many hundreds of years to come.

 

Moving on now we come to perhaps the most forward thinking of people, the Romans. 

These guys were simply the best when it comes to organisation. They knew how to create order within their society and with this order came the prosperity, so it was comparatively easy therefore to impose this order on other cultures. 

Obviously there was some degree of bloodshed where certain tribes and nations took umbrage at the Romans presence, but historians now believe that generally they were, albeit cautiously, welcomed and this explains why they were so successful for so long at expanding their empire. 

 

It is perhaps worth remembering that the Romans did not so much invade Britain as colonise it. The indigenous population would have been able to see very quickly how Roman methods were more efficient in farming, medicine, education and battle techniques and there is nothing so pleasing to humans than order!! 

Town names and road names and house numbering all most likely came with this order, giving previously individual families an identity within their town and street, a feeling of community for the first time perhaps, a proud ownership of the new address label.

 

With this order and prosperity came an increase in trade and the need to transport goods from one town to another, the address label was therefore most important and goods would have been labelled with leather tags with the address of the merchant burned into it or even sewn on printed fabric labels. 

At this time only the merchants and senior members of society would have needed to read so not happened to the address label for many centuries but when it did change it changed fast.

 

It is in Victorian times some 2,000 years later when the postal service in Britain was formed that the address label came in to it’s own, the government at this time recognised that education was the key to a prosperous future for all and it was vital that all should receive a sound education and reading and writing became the must have trend.

People began to send letters in large numbers and families were for the first time able to keep in regular contact with their loved ones over the whole country, they began using the new Royal Mail postal service that we still use today.

In those early days we can assume that they would write the letter and put the address on the envelope with little thought of those hieroglyphics some 5,000 years ago.

 

Today we have computers where we can store all of our addresses and recall them with just a click of a mouse, just a sheet of A4 laser labels in the printer and hey presto! the address is there to be peeled off the sheet and stuck on the letter or parcel. We still use hieroglyphics too with labels that have symbols like a broken glass to indicate a fragile content or diagrams on chemical warnings to warn handlers of the risk within, some things never go out of date!!

 

 

Address labels today come in sheet, roll or fan folded formats, Eurolabels Ltd can supply all these including a wide range of stock A4 laser labels and bespoke pre-printed labels in all the formats if required.

Plain or printed, paper or synthetic, waterproof and freezer proof or removable and even in bright Gold or Silver, we do the lot,. Just call 0800 342 3170 and let us guide you to getting the best, most historic of products that is best suited for your needs.

Go on make yourself feel as important as a Pharaoh!!