Category: Economy

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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24. October 2018

20th / 21st century | Economy

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Instant coffee without the pot

In 1937, chemist Max Morgenthaler invented the Nescafé we still know today. His invention made it possible to preserve coffee, a feat that had never been achieved before. In some cases, the raw material even ended up in locomotive boilers.

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17. October 2018

20th / 21st century | Society

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Tripping

75 years ago, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann experienced the first LSD trip in history. LSD has been changing our view of the world ever since.

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1. October 2018

20th / 21st century | Technology

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When colour television came to Switzerland

Precisely 50 years ago, the first scheduled colour television broadcast flickered on to Swiss TV screens. This historic TV event was preceded by tough wrangling over technical standards.

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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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