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UPDATED 03/28/1983 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/28/1983 at 01:00 AM EST

A reader's guide for traffic jams

Let's not say there's a bumper crop of those slogans you stick on the back of a car. But there are certainly lots of them around these days. In the early '40s waxed cardboard on wire hangers held the first bumper best-seller, Buy War Bonds. Then in 1952 the Eisenhower-Stevenson presidential race brought sticky paper strips to the mass market. They turned out to be a hit and since then they have hung on with the tenacity of, well, old bumper stickers. One of history's biggest orders came last year: two million George Wallace campaign banners for his successful gubernatorial campaign. Even in the midst of troubled economic times, sticker sales reached an estimated 600 million in 1982. Following are some examples of the tackiest current slogans:

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