Today in History: Lester Beall born in 1903!

Today in History: Lester Beall born in 1903!

American graphic designer Lester Thomas Beall (1903-1969) would have turned 116 today. Beall was one of the leading contributors to the modern movement in American 20th century graphic design. Beall was born in Kansas City and grew up in Chicago. He studied at the University of Chicago where he became interested in typography and Bauhaus design elements. He moved home and office to New York and then Connecticut in the mid-1930s where he began his career as an art director. Among his clients were the International Paper Company, Merrill Lynch, and the New York Hilton. Beall is perhaps best known for his poster series for the United States Government’s Rural Electrification Administration during the 1930s. He also created several posters for the United States Lines in the early 1950s.

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Today in History: Lester Beall born in 1903!

Today in History: Lester Beall born in 1903!

American graphic designer Lester Thomas Beall (1903-1969) would have turned 115 today. Beall was one of the leading contributors to the modern movement in American 20th century graphic design. Beall was born in Kansas City and grew up in Chicago. He studied at the University of Chicago where he became interested in typography and Bauhaus design elements. He moved home and office to New York and then Connecticut in the mid-1930s where he began his career as an art director. Among his clients were the International Paper Company, Merrill Lynch, and the New York Hilton. Beall is perhaps best known for his poster series for the United States Government’s Rural Electrification Administration during the 1930s. He also created several posters for the United States Lines in the early 1950s.

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Today in History: Ottomar Anton born in 1895

Today in History: Ottomar Anton born in 1895

122 years ago today, the German painter and graphic designer Ottomar Carl Joseph Anton was born in Hamburg. Anton is well known for his commercial travel art from the 1920s and 1930s when he designed numerous maritime posters for the Hamburg-America Line, Cunard and other steamship companies. Anton also created advertising posters for Adler, 4711 as well as posters for the 1936 Olympic sailing competition. He worked mostly in Hamburg but also spent some time in Cologne and Cairo, Anton passed away in 1976.

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Today in History: North German Lloyd founded in 1857

160 years ago today, the German shipping company Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) (North German Lloyd) was founded by Henrich Meier and Eduard Crüsemann in Bremen. NDL became one of the most important German shipping companies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The passenger shipping line served North- and South America, East Asia and Autralia. In 1970, NDL merged with Hamburg America Line (HAPAG) to form Hapag-Lloyd AG.

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Today in History: Cunard founded in 1840

Today in History: Cunard founded in 1840

176 years ago today, Samuel Cunard founded the first transatlantic boat service, a company called the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, which quickly became known as the Cunard Line. Samuel Cunard himself took part in the maiden voyage on the Britannia, leaving Liverpool on July 4th and arriving in Halifax, Canada, 12 days later. The vessel hosted 115 passengers and included a ladies-only saloon. The fare of 34 guineas covered provisions and wine.

The Cunard poster by Hans Bohrdt is poart of our Fall 2016 auction in San Francisco.

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Today in History: First Zeppelin Flight

Today in History: First Zeppelin Flight

On July 2, 1900, the first zeppelin flight took place over Germany’s Lake Constance (the Bodensee). Leading the flight was no other than Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the designer and builder of the first rigid airship in the world, the LZ 1 (LZ stands for Luftschiff Zeppelin or Zeppelin Airship). Powered by two Daimler engines with 28 PS, the airship consisted of a 128-meter-long aluminum construction which was carried by hydrogen cells. While the zeppelin may be considered a spectacular aircraft, it was but only an episode in the conquest of the skies by humans. The size and especially the highly explosive gas mixture limited the use of the otherwise elegant aircraft. The catastrophic explosion of the “Hindenburg” on May 6, 1937 was the sad climax and the end of zeppelins.

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Today in History: 1939 New York World’s Fair

Today in History: 1939 New York World’s Fair 
On April 30, 1939, the New York World’s Fair opened its doors to the public. Using the motto “Building a World for Tomorrow,” the opening ceremony featured a speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was broadcast live on television, an event that would have significant consequences. While only few people owned a television at the time, it instantly became clear that the TV would become the biggest new mass medium. The Expo Fairground in Flushing Meadow Park in Queens showed two new imposing landmarks: the Trylon and the Perisphere. With 63 participating nations, the fair and its architecture were modern and futuristic. New technologies and consumer goods such as the FM radio, fluorescent lighting, and nylon stockings were among the Fair’s success stories.

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