Label paper

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Any of several paper types coated on one side with an adhesive. Labels often have a smooth upper surface that may have been printing, embossed or varnished. The adhesive may be a water activated gum or a pressure sensitive type. Early English labels, made from thin sections of leather in the late 17th century, were developed to replace direct lettering on the spines of books. Paper labels came into use in the late 18th century.

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