Category: Collection

19. June 2020

Middle Ages | War/battle

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The battle of Grandson

by James Blake Wiener

The Battle of Grandson on March 2, 1476 is one of the most celebrated and decisive battles in Swiss history and signalled their emergence as an integral player in wider European affairs.

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28. February 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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The CX-52 cipher machine and an espionage scandal

by Dominik Landwehr

The CX-52 is one of the first cipher machines produced in Switzerland by the company Crypto AG. It is a much sought-after collector’s item and symbolises the greatest espionage scandal since World War II.

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5. December 2018

20th / 21st century | Culture

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Toni Vescoli and the beatniks

by Selina Stuber

Toni Vescoli was part of Zurich’s beatnik scene in the late 1960s. The musician looks back on his early days, when long hair was still frowned upon and guitar music was the work of the devil.

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2. August 2018

20th / 21st century | Art

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The Sun of St. Moritz by Walter Herdeg

by Felix Graf

The sun and lettering in the design of the resort town of St. Moritz is the oldest still-used tourism trademark in the world. The symbol and logo were created in 1932 by Zurich graphic designer Walter Herdeg.

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28. June 2018

20th / 21st century | World of museums

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A behind-the-scenes look at the National Museum circa 1973

by Fabian Müller

A 1973 photo gallery conserves an exciting insight into the National Museum’s workshops, offices, studios and collections.

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