Category: Technology

26. October 2018

20th / 21st century | Economy

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SAFIR – an automobile from West Zurich

by Felix Graf

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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1. October 2018

20th / 21st century | Technology

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When colour television came to Switzerland

by Juri Jaquemet

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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7. June 2018

20th / 21st century | Photography

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A platform above the storm

by Thomas Bochet

World Press Photo has rewarded the world’s best press photos since 1955. It all started with an association of Dutch photo journalists.

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22. May 2018

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Steel helmet on!

by Jürg Burlet

Some soldiers who enlisted to fight in the First World War still wore caps, though the army soon realised that only steel helmets could protect heads against shrapnel injuries.

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25. April 2018

Modern Age | Technology

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The time the Bernese put their foot on the gas

by Andrej Abplanalp

The people of Bern are known for their warmth, not for their speed. As far as gas usage goes, though, they were once well ahead of the field – quicker even than their countrymen in Zurich.

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