Today in History: Jules Cheret died in 1932

Today in History: Jules Cheret died in 1932

Jules Chéret, (born May 31, 1836, Paris, France—died September 23, 1932, Nice), was a French poster illustrator and graphic designer who has been called “the father of the modern poster.” After apprenticing as a lithographer from 1849 and studying drawing, Chéret received his first major poster commission in 1858 for Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Orpheus in the Underworld (1858). From 1859 to 1866 he designed posters and book jackets in London where he was strongly influenced by the British approach to poster design and printing. On returning to France, Chéret created vivid poster ads for the cabarets, music halls, and theaters such as the Eldorado, the Olympia, the Folies Bergère, or the Moulin Rouge. He created posters and illustrations for the satirical weekly Le Courrier français. In 1895, Cheret created the Maîtres de l’Affiche collection, a significant art publication of smaller sized reproductions featuring the best works of ninety-seven Parisian artists. His success inspired an industry that saw the emergence of a new generation of poster designers and painters such as Charles Gesmar and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. One of his students was Georges de Feure. In his old age Cheret retired to the pleasant climate of the French Riviera at Nice. He died in 1932 at the age of 96. Cheret was awarded the Légion d’honneur by the French Government in 1890 for his outstanding contributions to the graphic arts. Although his paintings earned him a certain respect, it was his work creating advertising posters, taken on just to pay his bills but eventually his dedication, for which he is remembered today. Source: wikipedia.org.

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Today is World Rhino Day

Today is World Rhino Day

World Rhino Day celebrates rhinoceroses and generates awareness of issues regarding their well-being. In recent years, rhinos have been threatened by poaching, urbanization and pollution, which have left certain rhino species on the brink of extinction while leaving other species severely endangered. World Rhino Day was first planned by World Wildlife Fund-South Africa in 2010. Then, in 2011, Lisa Jane Campbell of Zimbabwe and Rhishja Larson joined forces to promote World Rhino Day 2011. Since then, September 22nd has been celebrated annually by governments, animal rights organizations and animal enthusiasts as World Rhino Day.

Some fun facts: There are five species of rhinos: black, white, greater one-horned rhinos, Javan and Sumatran. All Rhinoceros are herbivores, meaning that they only consume plants, and lots of them. In 1960, there were more than 2,000 northern white rhinos in Africa. Today, there are only 2 of them remaining. The last male of the subspecies, Sudan, died March 19, 2018. He was the father and grandfather of the two remaining ones, both of which are females held in captivity in Kenya with round-the-clock armed security against poaching.
The white rhino is the second largest land mammal on Earth after the elephant. White rhinos can weigh over 3500kg (7700lbs). Source: wincalendar.com

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Goodbye summer … welcome fall !

Goodbye summer … welcome fall !

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Today in History: Jimi Hendrix dies in 1970

Today in History: Jimi Hendrix dies in 1970

48 years ago today, American musician Jimi Hendrix died after collapsing at a party in London. He was 27 years old. Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, but rose to fame in Britain with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He was arguably one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s and perhaps in the history of rock music.

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Today in History: Great Garbo born in 1905

Today in History: Great Garbo born in 1905

Greta Garbo (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson) was a Swedish film actress during the 1920s and 1930s. Garbo was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress and received an Academy Honorary Award in 1954 for her “luminous and unforgettable screen performances.” Garbo launched her career in Hollywood in 1925. Her 1926 performance in Flesh and the Devil, her third movie, made her an international star. Her success continued in films such as Mata Hari (1931) and Grand Hotel (1932) but declined in the late 1930s when she was one of the many stars labeled “Box Office Poison” in 1938. Her career revived upon her turn to comedy in Ninotchka (1939)but after the failure of Two-Faced Woman (1941), she retired from the screen, at the age of 35, after acting in twenty-eight films. From then on, Garbo declined all opportunities to return to the screen. Shunning publicity, she led a private life until her death in 1990. Source: wikipedia.org.

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Today in History: Paul Rand born in 1914

Today in History: Paul Rand born in 1914

Paul Rand (born Peretz Rosenbaum; August 15, 1914 – November 26, 1996) was an American art director and graphic designer, best known for his corporate logo designs, including the logos for IBM, UPS, Enron, Morningstar, Inc., Westinghouse, ABC, and NeXT. He was one of the first American commercial artists to embrace and practice the Swiss Style of graphic design. Source: wikipedia.org.

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Today in History: Richard Paul Lohse born in 1902

Today in History: Richard Paul Lohse born in 1902

Richard Paul Lohse was born in Zürich in 1902.  In 1918, Lohse joined the advertising agency Max Dalang where he trained to be an advertising artist. In the 1930s, his work as a graphic artist and book designer put him among the pioneers of modern Swiss graphic design. In 1937 Lohse, with Leo Leuppi, co-founded Allianz, an association of Swiss modern artists. In 1953 he published the book “New Design in Exhibitions”, in 1958, he became co-editor of the magazine Neue Grafik/New Graphic Design. Important exhibitions and publications help the Swiss painter and graphic artist become and one of the main representatives of the concrete and constructive art movements of the 20thj century. Lohse died in Zürich in 1988.

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