Category: 20th / 21st century

16. April 2018

20th / 21st century | Photography

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The vibrancy of Sechseläuten 100 years ago

Five early colour photos from 1914 show just how colourful the Zurich spring festival was even 100 years ago.

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9. April 2018

20th / 21st century | Society

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From the draisine to the mini-scooter

How did the modern mini-scooter come to be in its present form? It all began in 1817 with a cumbersome wooden vehicle for bumpy Sunday journeys.

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6. April 2018

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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The smuggler invasion

Smuggling on Switzerland’s southern border increased rapidly during the Second World War. People now began being smuggled over the border too.

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20. March 2018

20th / 21st century | Economy

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The watch of Presidents

In 1947, watch brand VULCAIN launched the world’s first wristwatch with built-in alarm that could be mass-produced. The “Cricket” became a symbol of the post-war period and has gone down in watchmaking history as the “President’s Watch”.

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20. February 2018

20th / 21st century | Technology

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ERMETH – Computer made in Switzerland

Anyone who wanted a computer in the 1950s had to develop one. The Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) set itself this challenge and invented the first computer built in Switzerland.

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