Today is Monkey Day!

Today is Monkey Day!

Quit monkeying around and take a moment to participate in this celebration of all things simian. Did you know that there are three distinct types of simian primates? Familiar species like baboons and macaques are classified as Old World Monkeys. Capuchins and howler monkeys are New World Monkeys, and chimpanzees and gorillas are Apes. There are currently 264 known monkey species in the world. To celebrate Monkey Day, dress in your favorite monkey attire, share your favorite monkey photo with your friends, or donate to your favorite monkey charity. While you’re at it, don’t forget to indulge in some mischievous monkey business! For more ideas, visit the official Monkey Day website. (Source: http://www.punchbowl.com)

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Today in History: Edward McKnight Kauffer born in 1890

Today in History: Edward McKnight Kauffer born in 1890

127 years ago today, Edward McKnight Kauffer, one of Britain’s most influential poster artists and graphic designers between the wars, was born in Great Falls, Montana. Kauffer began his professional life as a painter in San Francisco and Chicago before studying in Paris (1913) and moving to London at the outbreak of World War I. Kauffer received his first poster commission for London Underground in 1915 and immediately embraced poster art as a form of visual communication. He designed 141 posters for the Underground and many more for clients like Shell or British Petroleum. His poster works brought the language of modern art to a large public. In 1937, the New York Museum of Modern Art held a one-man show of his work. Kauffer returned to the United States in 1940 where he produced posters for the Greek War Relief and the U.S. Treasury. After the war, he produced a series of posters for American Airlines and the New York Subway. Kauffer passed away in 1954 in New York.

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Today in History: Siemens born in 1816

Today in History: Siemens born in 1816

German inventor, industrialist and founder of the electrical and telecommunications company Siemens was born on this day, 201 years ago.

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Today in History: Kyoto Protocol adopted in 1997

Today in History: Kyoto Protocol adopted in 1997

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which commits its parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets – in essence the closest thing to a working global agreement to fight climate change. A total of 192 countries have signed and ratified the Kyoto Protocol; only Afghanistan, Sudan & the USA have not signed the treaty.

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Today in History: David Klein died in 2005

Today in History: David Klein died in 2005
David Klein was an American artist who is perhaps best known for the iconic travel images he created for Trans World Airlines (TWA) during the 1950s and 1960s. Klein studied art in Los Angeles and was a member of the California Watercolor Society during the 1930s. He served as an illustrator for the U.S. Army during World War II and moved to New York in 1953 where he worked as an art director for a theater advertising agency while also producing posters for successful plays. His breakthrough as a commercial artist came when he developed the advertising campaign for TWA. He created dozens of vibrant posters that display famous landmarks in an abstract style. David Klein passed away in New York in 2005 at the age of 87.

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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: First International Soccer Match in 1872

Today in History: First International Soccer Match in 1872

145 years ago today, the world’s first official international soccer match took place. The match between England and Scotland was held at West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick, Scotland. The game ended with a 0-0 draw.

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