Dominik Landwehr03.02.2023Fritz Schoellhorn was a successful businessman, brewer and owner of Haldengut Brewery in Winterthur. He was even awarded an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) for his technical and scientific achievements.
Julia Hübner01.02.2023It's hard to imagine now, but it actually happened in the winter of 1963. Lake Zurich froze over entirely. The authorities opened the ice on 1 February, and the last public festival on the lake began.
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson26.01.2023Rings can be more than simply adornment, expression of personal sentiment or symbols of status, they can also conceal or openly show allegiance to a political cause. In some cases, such affiliations could have dangerous consequences, even death.
Barbara Basting24.01.2023Artists were among the many to draw inspiration from the opening of the Gotthard railway tunnel 140 years ago. Prominent Ticino sculptor Vincenzo Vela created a contemporaneous memorial to those lost during its construction, entitled Victims of Labour. This key work was not particularly well received at the time, however.
Murielle Schlup19.01.2023French king Louis XIV liked to use dance as a way of projecting his absolute power. A year before his glorious coronation, he embodied the rising sun – dressed as the sun god, Apollo – in the centre of the planetary system.
Katrin Brunner17.01.2023In the early days, the railways were viewed with some scepticism as a new mode of transport. This is reflected in the inexpensive makeshift stations which were only gradually replaced by prestigious buildings, and in turn the practice of station recycling.
Menoa Stauffer13.01.2023Comics smoulder, books burn: in Aargau in 1965, mounds of so-called “trashy fiction” ended up on a fire. The campaign was called “Fight the trash", and it was intended to set the scene for further book burnings. But the scheme backfired.
Urs-Beat Frei11.01.2023There is benefit for the church in rivalry between king and emperor. As in Oberägeri and Unterägeri in the canton of Zug, which each acquired an extraordinary baroque monstrance – with a political message attached, mind you.