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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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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Today in History: First Polaroid Camera unveiled in 1948

Today in History: First Polaroid Camera unveiled in 1948

68 years ago today, the first consumer-friendly, commercial instant camera was introduced to the American market. Polaroid’s model 95 Land Camera was developed by Edwin Land. The American scientist got his idea while vacationing in Mexico in 1944 when he introduced his daughter Jennifer to the basic principles of photography. Inspired by his daughter’s question why the images taken with the camera could not be seen immediately, Land spent his remaining vacation working on a preliminary design and concept for an instant camera. In November 1947, the businessman presented his new invention at the annual meeting of the “American Optical Society.” Although dismissed by most of his peers as a gimmick, the first Polaroid camera hit the market only one year later. By 1956, Polaroid had sold one million instant cameras. Today, that number has grown to over 165 million.

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Today in History: First Mercedes Test Drive in 1900

Today in History: First Mercedes Test Drive in 1900

117 years ago today, the first Mercedes was taken for its maiden drive in Cannstatt, Germany. The car was specially built for its buyer, Emil Jellinek, an entrepreneur with a passion for luxury cars. Jellinek had ordered cars from Daimler in the late 1890s and sold them to high society customers. But he also used them in racing events, entering them using the pseudonym “Mercedes,” the name of his elder daughter. In 1900, Jellinek entered an agreement with Daimler to sell a new line of 4-cylinder automobiles suggesting they be called Mercedes. The first Mercedes was test driven on November 22 and delivered in December of 1900. Two years later, the Mercedes brand name registered legally.

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History: Barack Obama is elected President in 2008

History: Barack Obama is elected President in 2008

9 years ago today, Barack Obama as the first African-American to be elected President of the United States, Obama was the 44th person to occupy the Oval Office. He succeeded President George W. Bush and he has been elected to the office twice.

 

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Today in History: Soccer legend Pelé turns 77 !

Today in History: Soccer legend Pelé turns 77 !

Happy Birthday to Brazilian soccer legend, Pelé, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on October 23, 1940. Considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time, Pelé became a star at the age of 17 with his performance in the 1958 World Cup. Pelé played professional soccer in Brazil for two decades and was a member of three Brazilian World Cup teams. He was been named FIFA co-Player of the Century in 1999 and continues to serve as a global ambassador for soccer and other humanitarian causes.

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