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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Today in History: La Moulin Rouge opened its doors in 1889

Today in History: La Moulin Rouge opened its doors in 1889

129 years ago today, the French cabaret Moulin Rouge opened its doors on the Boulevard Clichy in the Montmartre district of Paris. The venue was famous for its modern can-can dance performances and soon became the center of the Parisian entertainment district. It was considered the essence of Belle Epoque Paris where artists, businessmen , the middle classes, elegant women and visitors converged to attend avant-garde performances. The so-called “Bal du Moulin Rouge” was immortalized in posters by the famous artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Original works still adorn the foyer today. The “Moulin Rouge” helped many dancers to popularity and fame, among them “La Goulue.”

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Today in History: Metro opening in Paris in 1900

Today in History: Metro opening in Paris in 1900

118 years ago today, the first Paris Metro Line was inaugurated. The underground transit system had eight stations that linked the eastern and western city districts. The event coincided with the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. The Metro entrances were designed by French architect Hector Guimard in Art Nouveau style. 86 of the original entrances are still in existence today.

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Today is Bastille Day!

Today is Bastille Day!

Bastille Day is a national holiday in France, celebrated annually on July 14. It is quite similar to the Independence Day festivities in the United States. The Bastille was a stronghold built in Paris in the 14th century. In fact, the word “bastille” means “fortress” in French. During his reign, Louis XVI used it as a prison and the structure became a symbol of his power. In 1789, rioters stormed the Bastille and proceeded to demolish it. It was an act of rebellion and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Today, the French celebrate Bastille Day and their independence with parties, parades, and festivals. Uncork a bottle of French wine or dine at a French restaurant to join in the fun!

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Today in History: Jules Cheret born in 1836

Today in History: Jules Cheret born in 1836

182 years ago today, French painter and lithographer, Jules Cheret, was born in Paris. Cheret became a master of Belle Epoque poster art and is often called the father of the modern poster.

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Today in History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

Today in History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

Happy Birthday, La Tour Eiffel, the global icon of Paris. 129 years ago today, the construction of the 324 m (1024 feet) Eiffel Tower was completed.

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Today in History: Opening of the Paris World’s Fair of 1867

Today in History: Opening of the Paris World’s Fair of 1867

150 years ago today, Emperor Napoleon III opened the Paris International Exposition, the second world’s fair to be held in Paris (after 1855). 42 nations took part in the fair; 15 million visitors attended. The Palace of Industry, built on the Champ-de-Mars, the great military parade ground of Paris, became the exhibition’s landmark as it was transformed into a 40,000 square meters exhibition hall. Many technical innovations were shown, such as the hydraulic elevator, which was presented to the public for the first time.

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Today on History: David Klein born in 1918

Happy Birthday, David Klein ! The American advertising designer would have turned 99 today! Klein is probably best known for his iconic travel posters he created for Trans World Airlines (TWA) during the 1950s and 1960s. His work has vastly grown in popularity during the last decade but many of his original posters are still available at affordable prices in today’s market. Klein passed away in December 2005 in New York.

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Today on History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

Today on History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

Happy Birthday, La Tour Eiffel, the global icon of Paris. 127 years ago today, the construction of the 324 m (1024 feet) Eiffel Tower was completed.

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Today in History: Air France was formed in 1933 

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

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