Today in History: Kodak launches Kodachrome in 1935

Today in History: Kodak launches Kodachrome in 1935

83 years ago today, the Eastman Kodak Company launched Kodachrome. The photographic film was one of the most popular media used by professional and hobby photographers around the world. It was discontinued in 2009 with the widespread transition to digital photography.

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Today in History: Peter Behrens born in 1868

Today in History: Peter Behrens born in 1868

150 years ago today, Peter Behrens was born in Hamburg, Germany. Noted for his influential role in the development of modern architecture, Behrens was also a pioneer in the field of industrial design. He is perhaps best known as a co-founder of the Deutsche Werkbund in 1907, an association of artists, architects, designers, and industrialists that furthered the development of modern architecture and industrial design and became influential in the later creation of the Bauhaus School of Design.

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Oskar Schlemmer died 75 years ago today

Oskar Schlemmer died 75 years ago today
Schlemmer was a German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer associated with the Bauhaus school.

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Today in History: Euro Disneyland opens in 1992

Today in History: Euro Disneyland opens in 1992

26 years ago today, the happiest place on earth opened its doors on the European continent in Marne-la-Vallée, near Paris, France. Attracting some 10 million visitors each year, Disneyland Paris (as it is called today) is the most popular theme park in Europe.

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Today in History: Leonetto Cappiello born in 1875

Today in History: Leonetto Cappiello born in 1875

143 years ago today, painter and poster artist Leonetto Cappiello was born in in Livorno, Italy. Leonetto Cappiello started his career as a caricaturist before dedicating himself to poster art.

Sometimes called the “father of the advertising poster,” Cappiello spent 40 active years in Paris, creating over 500 posters in his career.

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Happy Birthday, Victor Vasarely

Happy Birthday, Victor Vasarely

The Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely (born: Gyözö Vásárhelyi ) would have turned 110 today. Born in Pecs, Hungary, in 1908, Vasarely began his artistic training in Budapest in the late 1920s. In 1928, he studied the concepts of the Bauhaus working under Sandor Bortnyk at the Mühely Art School. Vasarely moved to Paris in 1930 and became an independent graphic designer. His early work was characterized by strong black and white contrasts. In the late 1940s, Vasarely developed his own geometric abstract style exploiting the deception of the human eye using forms of geometry and color nuances to trigger striking spatial effects. This led to the formulation of the principles of the short-lived Op Art movement in the early 1950s for which Vasarely is probably best known. In 1970, Vasarely opened the first museum dedicated to his art in Gordes, France (it closed in 1996). In 1976, he founded the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence (housed in a building designed by Vasarely). In 1976, the Vasarely Museum was established in the artist’s birth-town of Pécs. A second museum in Zichy Palace in Budapest followed in 1987. Victor Vasarely died in Paris on March 15, 1997.

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Today is National Beer Day

Today is National Beer Day

National Beer Day is observed annually on April 7th.  The world’s oldest beverage might date back as far as 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed, so recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and Egypt. Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage worldwide and is surpassed in consumption only by water and tea. In March of 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Cullen-Harrison Act which legalized the sale of beer after 13 years of Prohibition in the United States. The law came into effect on April 7 which henceforth became known as National Beer Day.

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