Category: Culture

26. October 2018

20th / 21st century | Economy

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SAFIR – an automobile from West Zurich

From 1913 to 1991, the present-day home of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and lofty Prime Tower was a major centre for the production of gears, pumps and machine tools. And from 1907 to 1910 was the birthplace of a few dozen SAFIR brand automobiles.

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12. October 2018

Modern Age | Politics

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Aïssé – from slave to socialite

Her story sounds like a fairy tale from One Thousand and One Nights: as a child, Aïssé (1693/4-1733) found herself on the slave market in Constantinople and grew up in Parisian high society.

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5. October 2018

Protohistory | Culture

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The oldest writing in Switzerland

Writing first appeared on the territory of modern-day Switzerland 2,500 years ago, south of the Alps. Some of Europe’s oldest evidence of writing in a Celtic language has been found in Ticino and the Val Mesolcina.

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3. October 2018

20th / 21st century | Literature

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Swiss picture books before 1900

Ernst Kreidolf’s Art Nouveau books, in which he brings flowers and insects to life, are among the oldest Swiss picture books. His book “Flower Fairy Tales” was published in 1898. Up until then, illustrated books for younger Swiss children were very rare.

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28. September 2018

20th / 21st century | Photography

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The flying photographer

Walter Mittelholzer was a prominent photographer in the early 20th century. The pilot took photos from a bird’s-eye view and sold them very successfully.

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