Today in History: Coca-Cola bottle patented in 1915

Today in History: Coca-Cola bottle patented in 1915

103 Years ago today, one of the most famous shapes in the world was patented by the Root Glass Company from Terre Haute, Indiana: the Coca-Cola bottle. While its form has evolved over the years, its shape is almost universally recognized today. The famous bottle has been incorporated in artworks by such renowned artists as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Salvador Dali. Click here for the story behind the bottle, or, here, for a visual timeline.

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Today in History: Emil Cardinaux born in 1877

Today in History: Emil Cardinaux born in 1877

141 years ago today, Swiss poster designer and landscape artist, Emil Cardinaux, was born in Bern. Besides Burkhard Mangold, Cardinaux was probably the first Swiss artist who dedicated himself whole-heartedly to the medium of the poster, recognizing the true value and qualities of the art form. He became famous with his 1908 Zermatt poster of the Matterhorn, arguably one of the most influential Swiss tourism posters of all times. Cardinaux produced more than 130 posters, including many commercial advertising images.

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Today in History: Alois Senefelder born in 1771

Today in History: Alois Senefelder born in 1771

Alois Senefelder (born Nov. 6, 1771, Prague – died Feb. 26, 1834, Munich) is often referred to as the inventor of lithography. Son of an actor at the Theatre Royal in Prague, Senefelder was unable to continue his studies at the University of Ingolstadt after his father’s death and thus tried to support himself as a performer and author, but without success. He learned printing in a printing office, purchased a small press, and sought to do his own printing. Desiring to publish plays that he had written but unable to afford the expensive engraving of printing plates, Senefelder tried to engrave them himself. His work on copper plates was not proving very successful when an accident led to his discovery of the possibilities of stone (1796). Senefelder records that one day he jotted down a laundry list with grease pencil on a piece of Bavarian limestone. It occurred to him that if he etched away the rest of the surface, the markings would be left in relief. Two years of experimentation eventually led to the discovery of flat-surface printing (modern lithography). In 1818 he documented his discovery in Vollständiges Lehrbuch der Steindruckerey (1818; A Complete Course of Lithography). Source: britannica.com.

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Today in History: Donald Brun born in 1909

Today in History: Donald Brun born in 1909

Happy Birthday, Donald Brun! The Swiss graphic designer would have turned 109 today. Brun was born in Basel in 1909. During his apprenticeship as a graphic illustrator in the late 1920s, Brun celebrated his first successes as a poster artist when he won a Basel poster competition for “baths” in 1928. Between the 1930s and 1970s, Brun created hundreds of poster designs, mainly for consumer goods. Among his clients were such renowned companies as Bata, Bell, Gauloise, Persil or Swissair. His posters are marked by a subtle sense of humor and solid craftsmanship. In 1952, Brun became co-founder of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). He passed away in Clarens in 1999.

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Today is National Cat Day

Today is National Cat Day

National Cat Day was initiated by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, in 2005 to make the public recognize the enormous number of cats that need rescuing. They were first domesticated in the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent as early as 12,000 years ago. When humans relied on hunting as their main source of food, dogs were most useful – but when the first agricultural societies emerged, cats became invaluable. Domesticated cats became responsible for keeping grain stores free of mice and other rodents. Today, cats can be found in 34% of American households, making them the most popular house pet in the United States.

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Today in History: Roy Lichtenstein is born in 1923

Today in History: Roy Lichtenstein is born in 1923

95 years ago today, the American artist, Roy Lichtenstein, was born in New York City. The masterful painter rose to fame in the 1960s when he became one of the leading figures of the new Pop Art movement. His bright parodies of comic strips and advertisements carried him into the art world spotlight. Lichtenstein died in New York City on September 29, 1997.

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Today in History: The Magic Flute premieres in 1791

Today in History: The Magic Flute premieres in 1791

227 years ago today, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) premiered at the Freihaustheater in Vienna, only two months before the composer’s premature death.

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