Happy 91st Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Günther Kieser, 1972

Happy 91st Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Günther Kieser was born in 1930 in Kronberg, near Frankfurt. Trained at the Werkkunstschule in Offenbach, Kieser began his career as a free-lance artist in 1949 and founded a studio with Hans Michel in 1952. The two artists worked on projects for the German Mail Service and the Hesse radio network and started creating posters for Lippmann & Rau, founders of the first German Jazz concert agencies. Over the next decade, Kieser and Michel would design posters for the concerts by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and John Coltrane.

When his partnership with Michel ended in 1962, Kieser continued to work primarily for Lippmann & Rau, producing posters that would become fixtures in the music scene. His posters were displayed in concert halls, bars and on billboards. The artist is perhaps most famous for his 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience poster which became a symbol for a new generation.

Kieser joined the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation) in 1956 and became a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1964. In 1981, he became a professor for Visual Communication at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, a position he held until 1992. Kieser has won numerous international awards, his work has been exhibited worldwide and his posters are part of every important museum collection..

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Today in History: Lucian Bernhard born in 1883

Lucian Bernhard, 1910

Today in History: Lucian Bernhard born in 1883

Lucian Bernhard (March 15, 1883 – May 29, 1972) was a German graphic and type designer during the first half of the twentieth century. He was influential in helping create the design style known as Plakatstil (Poster Style), which used reductive imagery and flat-color as well as Sachplakat (‘object poster’) which restricted the image to advertising simply the object and its brand name. Among his most famous works were poster designs for Stiller shoes, Manoli cigarettes, and Priester matches.

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Today is #NationalJewelDay

Billard, 1922

Today is #NationalJewelDay

National Jewel Day is observed annually on March 13, celebrating brilliant gems of all shapes, sizes, cuts, and colors. While the origins of this holiday are unknown, we can take a wild guess that a jeweler or gal came up with the idea.

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Today in History: Graf Zeppelin died in 1917

Graf Zeppelin, 1932

Today in History: Graf Zeppelin died
On this day in 1917, Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin died. A German pioneer of airships, former general and later aircraft manufacturer, Zeppelin provided both the brains and most of the investment money for the first successful rigid airship, the Zepplin LZ1. In July of 1900, Zeppelin made the first flight with the LZ1 in southern Germany. The dirigible remained in the air for 20 minutes before landing. On March 8, 1917, the great aviation pioneer died in Berlin.

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Today in History: Bombing of Dresden in 1945

Today in History: Bombing of Dresden in 1945

On this day in 1945, a series of Allied firebombing raids begins against the German city of Dresden, reducing the “Florence of the Elbe” to rubble and flames, and killing as many as 135,000 people. It was the single most destructive bombing of the war—including Hiroshima and Nagasaki—and all the more horrendous because little, if anything, was accomplished strategically since the Germans were already on the verge of surrender.

More than 3,400 tons of explosives were dropped on the city by 800 American and British aircraft. The firestorm created by the two days of bombing set the city burning for many more days, littering the streets with charred corpses, including many children. Eight square miles of the city were ruined, and the total body count was between 35,000 and 135,000 (an approximation is all that was possible given that the city was filled with many refugees from farther east). The hospitals that were left standing could not handle the numbers of injured and burned, and mass burials became necessary. Source: www.history.com.

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Today in History: Facebook launched in 2004

Today in History: Facebook launched in 2004

On this day in 2004, the American social networking site launched its services. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, all of whom were students at Harvard University. Facebook is the largest social network in the world, with more than two billion users as of 2018. The company’s headquarters are in Menlo Park, California.

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Today in History: Buster Keaton died in 1966

Today in History: Buster Keaton died in 1966

On this day in 1966, Hollywood actor, director, and producer Buster Keaton passed away at the age of 70 in Los Angeles, California. Keaton was best known for his comic performance in silent films during the 1920s. His films “The General” (1926) and “The Cameraman” (1928) remain among the most highly regarded films of all times.

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Today in History: Carl Benz gets patent for gasoline car in 1886

Today in History: Carl Benz gets patent for gasoline car in 1886

On this day in 1886, German engineer Carl Friedrich Benz received the first patent for a gasoline-powered vehicle. Benz had begun to work on the two-stroke (or two-cycle) engine in 1878. Benz & Co. formed in 1883 and its first motor car rode through the streets of Mannheim, Germany in July of 1886.

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Today in History: Audrey Hepburn died in 1993

Today in History: Audrey Hepburn died in 1993

On this day in 1963, screen legend Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston) passed away. The British film and fashion icon was one of Hollywood’s largest movie stars during the 1950s and 1960s. Hepburn shot to stardom through her Oscar-winning lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953. She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967). Hepburn devoted much of her later life to UNICEF. She died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: Good-bye VW Beetle

Today in History: Good-bye VW Beetle
The end of the German production of the Beetle: On January 19, 1978 the last model of the legendary car rolls off the assembly lines at the Volkswagen plant in Emden, Germany. Here is a link to a short blog about the VW Beetle: http://wp.me/p6cafs-N

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