Tonight is the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games

Tonight is the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games

Millions of people around the world will tune in to watch the festivities and celebrate the beginning of “the world’s greatest sporting event.” The 2018 Winter Games will be hosted by Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The first Olympic Games took place in Ancient Greece in 776 BC. Historians believe there was just one event—a short sprint called the “stadion.” The modern-day Olympic Games began in 1896. Today, over 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries compete for a coveted gold medal.

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Today in History: First Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix, France in 1924

Today in History: First Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix, France in 1924

The concept of Winter Olympic Games was first introduced in 1924. Following the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Congress decided that France, host of the 1924 summer games, should conduct a separate event for winter sports that same year. The French spa town of Chamonix was chosen to host what was named the “International Winter Sports Week” – the event actually lasted 11 days. The original sports were alpine and cross country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, Nordic combined, ski jumping and speed skating. In 1925, the IOC officially created separate Olympic Winter Games and the 1924 Games in Chamonix were retroactively designated as the first Winter Olympics.

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Today is the first day of winter !

Today is the first day of winter !

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Today in History: Herbert Leupin born in 1919

Today in History: Herbert Leupin born in 1919

98 years ago today, Swiss poster and advertising designer Herbert Leupin was born in Beinwil am See. Leupin studied in Basel (1932-1935) and Paris (1936-1937) before opening his own graphic design studio in 1939. He quickly emerged as one of the most important poster artists in Switzerland winning many awards in the annual “Best Swiss Posters” competition. Leupin is famous for his fresh, original and humorous illustrative style. His poster creations for Coca-Cola, Swissair, Rolex, Eptinger, and Knie – to name a few of his clients – are famous around the world. Many of his posters have become highly collectible items. Leupin created several hundred posters in his lifetime and has received important awards in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. Since 1970, he worked mainly as a painter. He passed away in 1999.

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Just in: 1940s Herbert Leupin ski poster for Grindelwald

Just in: f-u-ntastic winter travel poster by Swiss designer legend Herbert Leupin from the mid-1940s. Look for it in our spring 2018 auction.

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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 144 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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Winter Sale 2017 Today

Auction Today.

Today is the day! Don’t miss our 2017 winter poster sale. Part of the offering is this fabulous 1950s Air France poster promoting travel to South America. Reserve: $100 ! Auction starts at 10 am.  http://www.invaluable.com/catalog/6TNKLC4W8P

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