Today in History: Herbert Leupin born in 1919
96 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.
The French airline was formed on October 7, 1933 and we have always admired the wonderful poster art that Air France and its affiliates have published over the past eight decades. We are proud to announce that our auction on November 7, 2015 features 14 different Air France posters from the 1930s through the 1950s. We have published another short blog to showcase some of these gems.
Here is a link to the blog: http://wp.me/p2hbFX-as
Today in History: Mercedes-Benz
Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merged their two companies 91 years ago on this day and created one of the greatest automobile companies in the world. It started with two different ideas for two different cars by two different men: both Daimler and Benz manufactured their own cars for some 30 years until the merger that was largely created out of economic sense. Benz & Co. formed in 1883 and its first motor car rode through the streets of Mannheim in July 1886. Daimler who had been working on his own motor carriage founded the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft in 1890 and marketed the first Mercedes in 1901. Both companies did well until shortly after World War I when the global economic climate of the early 1920s forced the two companies to form an alliance. In 1924, Daimler and Benz began marketing their products jointly while still working under separate trademarks. In June 1926, the two oldest motor manufacturers merged to form Daimler-Benz AG.