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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Today in History: Siegfried Odermatt born in 1926

Today in History: Siegfried Odermatt born in 1926

Happy 92nd Birthday to one of Switzerland’s pioneers of graphic design.

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Today in History: Ben Shahn born in 1898

Today in History: Ben Shahn born in 1898

Ben Shahn (September 12, 1898 – March 14, 1969) was an American painter and graphic artist whose work displayed a combination of realism and abstraction, thus addressing various social and political causes. Shahn immigrated with his family to New York City in 1906. In 1913–17 he worked as a lithographer’s apprentice while attending high school at night. He later attended New York University, City College of New York, and the National Academy of Design in New York. During travels to Europe in 1925 and 1927 he saw the works of the Old Masters. In 1933 Shahn enrolled in the New York City Public Works Art Project and executed a series of works on the Prohibition era. From 1935 to 1938 he worked for the Farm Security Administration as an artist and photographer.
Shahn and his wife, Bernarda Brysen, executed a series of panels for the lobby of the Bronx post office in New York in 1938–39, a project that took the form of a geographic panorama of American life. Beginning in the mid-1950s, his work became more reflective and less concerned with social criticism. Source: britannica.com

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Today in History: Burkhard Mangold born in 1873

Today in History: Burkhard Mangold born in 1873

The Swiss artist was born 145 years ago today in Basel, Switzerland. Mangold worked as a designer, glass painter and poster artist. He initially studied and worked as a painter in Basel (1890-1893) before traveling to Paris (1894) and moving to Munich (1894-1900) where his work became influenced by the contemporary German art nouveau poster style. After returning to Basel (1900), Mangold won a poster competition for a Swiss singing festival in 1905.Most of the artist’s poster works stem from the periosd between 1900 and 1917. Burkhard Mangold is considered to be a leading contributor to the development of graphic arts and the Swiss poster around the turn of the century. He died in Basel in 1950.

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Today is National Teddy Bear Day

Today is National Teddy Bear Day

National Teddy Bear Day is observed annually on September 9th.  We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child.  Some of us still have our teddy bear from our childhood.  Whether or not you still have your childhood teddy, today is the perfect day to celebrate your childhood friend! The name Teddy Bear originated in 1902 after American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi.  This incident made national news and became a classic through Clifford Berryman’s cartoon of the event published in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902. The cartoon inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new toy. Michtom wrote President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a “Teddy Bear.”

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Today in History: California 31st state of the United States in 1850

Today in History: California 31st state of the United States in 1850

California had been only part of the United States territory for two years (following the Mexican-American War) when it was admitted to the Union as the 31st state of the United States on September 9, 1850. The second largest state at the time (until the admission of Alaska), California is currently the most populous U.S. state. Blessed with beautiful beaches, mountains, and stunning scenery, it is home to Yosemite National Park, the world class city of San Francisco and tourist sensations ranging from the Golden Gate to Disneyland.

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Today in History: New Amsterdam becomes New York in 1664

Today in History: New Amsterdam becomes New York in 1664

New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan; the post was named New Amsterdam in 1626. The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. It has been the country’s largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the Americas by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is a world symbol of the United States and its ideals of liberty and peace. Source: wikipedia.org

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