Category: Article

3. December 2019

20th / 21st century | Technology

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Please connect me! Automating our telephone exchanges

by Luca Thanei

On 3 December 1959, PTT replaced Switzerland’s last manual telephone exchange with a fully automated switching system. This major feat of engineering also signalled the end of the switchboard girl, or ‘Fräulein vom Amt’, as the telephone operators were known.

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28. November 2019

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Festival of symbols and customs

by Andrej Abplanalp

At Christmas, it has become the norm for diverse symbols and traditions to be intermingled. But that hasn’t always been the case. A look back.

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15. November 2019

20th / 21st century | Economy

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The cheese collective

by Peter Moser

From 1914, the Schweizerische Käseunion (SKU, the Swiss Cheese Union) ensured people at home and abroad were kept supplied with Swiss cheese. For that purpose, the Cheese Union monitored both production and prices.

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13. November 2019

20th / 21st century | Food

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Fondue – a ‘natural processed product’

by Peter Moser

Until the Second World War, fondue was unheard of in most areas of Switzerland. The cheese speciality only became the ‘national dish’ as the result of a marketing campaign run by the Schweizerische Käseunion (Swiss Cheese Union).

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7. November 2019

20th / 21st century | Economy

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Text and a picture, to hold it all together!

by Andrej Abplanalp

A glossy that’s a magazine and insurance policy in one? And delivers brilliant housekeeping tips? A look back at Switzerland’s media landscape.

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