Today in History: Fountain Pen patented 134 years ago

Today in History: Fountain Pen patented 134 years ago

On 12 February 1884, New York insurance salesman Lewis Waterman patented a groundbreaking invention, the fountain pen. Waterman’s instrument was a winner: it did not require constant dipping into the ink well and almost eliminated any ink spills. Writing instruments that contained their own ink supply already existed in the early 18th century. Today’s oldest surviving fountain pen was designed by the Frenchman M. Bion and dates back to 1702. The first American patent for a pen was awarded in 1809 to P. Williamson, a Baltimore shoemaker. After 1850, there was a steady stream of new fountain pen patents and pens in productions. But while early fountain pens were plagued by ink leaks and other failures that left them impractical to use and difficult to sell, it was Waterman’s patent that promoted the fountain pen to a widely popular writing instrument.

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Today in History: Ludwig Hohlwein born in 1874

Today in History: Ludwig Hohlwein born in 1874
The famous German poster artist was born 143 years ago today. Hohlwein was a trained and practicing architect. He moved to Munich in 1906 where he started to focus his talents on poster design. A self-taught graphic artist and influenced by the work of the Beggarstaff Brothers, Hohlwein showed an extraordinary talent for decorative compositions and color combinations. Breaking with Art Nouveau, he quickly became one of the leaders of the German “Plakatstil,” departing from ornaments or embellishments and simplifying the artwork through the use of form, flat colors and bold shapes.

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Today in History: One million Beetles in 1955

Today in History: One million Beetles in 1955

61 years ago today, the one millionth VW Beetle came off its assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany, where it is still on display at the Volkswagen Auto Museum.

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Today in History: 142nd Birthday of Ludwig Hohlwein (1874-1949)

Today in History: 142nd Birthday of Ludwig Hohlwein (1874-1949)

The famous German poster artist was born on this day in 1874. Hohlwein was a trained and practicing architect. He moved to Munich in 1906 where he started to focus his talents on poster design. A self-taught graphic artist and influenced by the work of the Beggarstaff Brothers, Hohlwein showed an extraordinary talent for decorative compositions and color combinations. Breaking with Art Nouveau, he quickly became one of the leaders of the German “Plakatstil,” departing from ornaments or embellishments and simplifying the artwork through the use of form, flat colors and bold shapes.

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Summer Fun 2016

Summer is here and we like to show a few posters that may capture the ingredients to a fun time in the sun. Whether you enjoy the beach, the mountains, the far away resort; or like to go for a swim in the local pool or surf in wild waters, there is a poster for everyone. Enjoy and let us know your favorite sunny summer poster.

Quiet mountain hikes with stunning views? Lazy days in a luxurious hotel? Or maybe a cruise?

Emil Cardinaux, 1909
Emil Cardinaux, 1909
Anonymous - France, ca. 1900
Anonymous – France, ca. 1900
Marcello Dudovich, 1932
Marcello Dudovich, 1932

All the places we go …

Sutherland, 1964
Sutherland, 1964
Adolph Treidler, ca. 1950
Adolph Treidler, ca. 1950
Bojadschlev Bitschev, ca. 1930
Bojadschlev Bitschev, ca. 1930
Anonymous, ca. 1947
Anonymous, ca. 1947

To the beach, to the beach, to the beach …

Yves Ja, 1933
Yves Ja, 1933
Anonymous - USA, ca. 1970
Anonymous – USA, ca. 1970
Anonymous - Switzerland, ca. 1928
Anonymous – Switzerland, ca. 1928
Pierre Commarmond, ca. 1928
Pierre Commarmond, ca. 1928
Anonymous - USA, ca. 1960
Anonymous – USA, ca. 1960

All we need is a pool …

George Ayling, ca. 1928
George Ayling, ca. 1928
Anonymous - USA, ca. 1950
Anonymous – USA, ca. 1950

And, of course, you have to look cool …

Hans Neumann (Studio)
Anonymous - Switzerland, ca. 1958
Anonymous – Switzerland, ca. 1958
Maurice Deville, 1961
Maurice Deville, 1961

A quick dive …

OttoPlattner, ca. 1930
OttoPlattner, ca. 1930
Havas, 1931
Havas, 1931
David Hockney, 1972
David Hockney, 1972

Or maybe some exercise?

Charles Allen, ca. 1965
Charles Allen, ca. 1965
Bill Simon, ca. 1965
Bill Simon, ca. 1965
Stan Galli, ca. 1965
Stan Galli, ca. 1965

And don’t forget the sunscreen …

Fred Dubois, ca. 1930
Fred Dubois, ca. 1930
Anders Beckman, ca. 1936
Anders Beckman, ca. 1936
Peter Zwahlen, ca. 1960
Peter Zwahlen, ca. 1960

Oh, so refreshing …

Dreyer, 1959
Dreyer, 1959
Herbert Leupin, 1953
Herbert Leupin, 1953
Fritz Loehr, 1931
Fritz Loehr, 1931

Have a wonderful summer !

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Today in History: Mercedes becomes a registered brand name in 1902

Today in History: Mercedes becomes a registered brand name in 1902

114 years ago today, German automobile manufacturer Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) registered “Mercedes” as a brand name (gaining full legal protection in September). The name was born out of a partnership between DMG founder, Gottlieb Daimler, and Austrian diplomat, Emil Jellinek, who ran a profitable business selling luxury cars. Jellinek had ordered cars from Daimler in the late 1890s and sold them to high society customers. But he also used them in racing events, entering them using the pseudonym “Mercedes,” the name of his elder daughter. In 1900, Jellinek entered an agreement with DMG to sell a new line of 4-cylinder automobiles suggesting they be called Mercedes. The first Mercedes was delivered in December of 1900: it had 35 hp, featured a steel chassis with a long wheelbase, an electric ignition system and a speed of 53 mph/85 kmh – the birth of the first modern automobile. The new car amazed the automobile world. Sales went through the roof and the Mercedes era had begun.

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Today in History: Julius Klinger born in 1876

Today in History: Julius Klinger born in 1876

140 years ago today, the Austrian poster artist, painter and type designer was born near Vienna. Klinger initially worked as a magazine illustrator in Vienna, Munich and Berlin. He produced numerous posters through the Berlin printing company Hollerbaum & Schmidt.

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