Gabriel Heim
Gabriel Heim is a book and film author and exhibition organiser. He is principally concerned with research into topics of modern and contemporary history and lives in Basel.

3. January 2019

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From the pharmacy to the supermarket shelf

Ovomaltine is a popular breakfast drink. It was invented by a pharmacist, and to begin with it was only available in pharmacies.

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19. December 2018

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Rivella – Whey makes it possible

It’s quite rare for a lawyer to invent a soft drink. And the fact that he used a by-product to do so is almost impossible. But that’s exactly what happened. The result was Switzerland’s national drink, Rivella.

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24. October 2018

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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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20. March 2018

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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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