Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann born in 1914

Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann born in 1914

Josef Müller-Brockmann studied architecture, design and history of art at the Kunstgewerbeschule and the University in Zurich. At the age of 22, he opened his own studio with a focus on graphic design, exhibition design and photography. His objective design practices led to the breakthrough of the “Swiss Style” during the 1950s. In 1958, Müller-Brockmann became the founder and co-editor (until 1965) of the journal Neue Grafik (New Graphic Design), spreading the principles of Swiss Design internationally. Müller-Brockmann never allowed his designs to be influenced by trends or styles but followed his own aesthetics and ethics. His posters provided numerous institutions and companies with a convincing graphic appearance and became a model in their quality. Müller-Brockmann passed away on August 30, 1996 in Zurich.

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Today in History: Coca-Cola invented in 1886

Today in History: Coca-Cola invented in 1886

131 years ago today, pharmacist John Pemberton developed a brown lemonade using the coca extract, caffeine. coca leaves and soda water. Initially intended to be sold as syrup medicine, the drink soon became the most popular soda drink on the planet. Coca-Cola was born.

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Today in History: Hindenburg Zeppelin Disaster in 1937

Today in History: Hindenburg Zeppelin Disaster in 1937

80 years ago today, the Hindenburg zeppelin passenger airship went up in flames when attempting to land at Lakehurst, New Jersey. The footage of the colossal fireball engulfing the German airship marked the abrupt end of the zeppelin era. 36 people – 13 passengers, 22 crewmen and one ground worker – lost their lives in the crash.

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Today in History: Marlene Dietrich passed away in 1992

Today in History: Marlene Dietrich passed away in 1992

25 years ago today, German actress and singer, Marlene Dietrich died in Paris, France. Dietrich enjoyed a long career spanning from the 1910s to the 1980s. She gained international fame for her role as Lola-Lola in the movie “The Blue Angel” in 1930 and starred in such Hollywood films as “Morocco” (1930), “Shanghai Express” (1932) and “Desire” (1936).

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International Tuba Day — 11 am

International Tuba Day — 11 am

Today is International Tube Day (celebrated on the first Friday of each year). We do not play the tuba and know little about the instrument’s history (you can learn all about the tube at http://www.tubaday.com) but we did want to show this very cool poster from the early 1960s, so the headline seemed appropriate.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Originating in the 1860′s with Mexican-American communities in the American West, Southwest and Northwest, the American Cinco de Mayo began as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. Today, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is observed annually on May 5 as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. According to José Alamillo, professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University in Pullman, a 2006 study found there are more than 150 official Cinco de Mayo events across the country. Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States have taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. They include displaying of banners and events highlighting Mexican culture, music and regional dancing, as well as school districts holding special events to educate students about its historical significance.  In the U.S., commercial interests have capitalized on the celebration advertising Mexican products and services with an emphasis on beverages, food and music. (Source: http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com)

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Happy Birthday, Louis Oppenheim

Happy Birthday, Louis Oppenheim

Born 138 years ago today, the German graphic artist and painter Louis Oppenheim is mainly known for his poster work during the 1910s and 1920s. He created famous product posters in the typical Berlin poster style and was commissioned by clients such as S. Adam, AEG and Persil. Oppenheim died in 1936.

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