Category: Modern Age

15. February 2019

Modern Age | Art

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From romantic drama to art foundation

As the 19th century drew to a close, Lydia Welti-Escher’s unhappy love affair led to the establishment of the Gottfried Keller Foundation. And the suicide of the daughter of magnate Alfred Escher.

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6. February 2019

Modern Age | Society

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From ‘Landjäger’ to traffic cop

How the modern-day police force evolved out of goods inspections at medieval markets and the expulsion of beggars from the nation’s territory.

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30. January 2019

Modern Age | Jewelry

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The winged lion of Zurich

Zurich – Bern – Venice. No, it’s not an Interrail route, but a 17th-century alliance. A valuable drinking vessel in the shape of a lion commemorates this.

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3. January 2019

20th / 21st century | Economy

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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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24. December 2018

20th / 21st century | Culture

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The story of a Christmas carol

Exactly 200 years ago, ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ was performed for the first time. Thanks to its moving message and captivating melody, it is one of the world’s most popular Christmas carols.

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