Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hans Erni [1st Part (Switzerland 1949/1995) ]

[Switzerland] (b 1909/d 2015)

"Hans Erni was a Swiss graphic designer, painter, illustrator, engraver and sculptor. Born in Lucerne, he studied art at the Académie Julian in Paris and later in Berlin.. (..) He is known for having illustrated postage stamps, for his lithographs for the Swiss Red Cross and for his participation on the Olympic Committee as well as for his activism.. Erni's 1939 works and first major public success was a mural titled Switzerland: "Vacation Land of the People"  that was commissioned and displayed at the national exhibition in Zürich. The Hans Erni Museum, situated in the grounds of the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, contains a large collection of artwork that he also designed ,like ceramics , theatre costumes and sets.. (..)  In 2004 he was awarded with the honorary citizenship of the city of Lucerne and On 10 January 2009 he received the SwissAward for lifetime accomplishment. (..) during his Artistic life, Hans Erni realized about 300 posters , several murals (for the Red Cross, the IOC, the United Nations, ICAO, and many public and private enterprises) , illustrated about 200 books and created many Postage stamps and medals ..(..)"


Switzerland 1949 "Air Mail/ Special Flights" (1) [Engr (A. Yersin)][Recess (illustration)][Typo (background)] Sc(C45)

Switzerland 1964 "Publicity Issue" (4,4,1) [Photo] Sc(435) [ Image credit of Stampworld ]

Switzerland 1972 "Celebrities" (5,5,5) [Engr (Karl Bickel)][Recess][Photo] Sc(546,...,550) [ Image credit of Stampworld ]

Switzerland 1975 "Publicity Issue" (4,4,1) [Photo (Courvoisier)] Sc(600)

Switzerland 1979 "Celebrities" (4,4,4) [Engr (P. Schopfer)][Recess] Sc(667,...,670) [ Image credit of Stampworld ]

Switzerland 1981 "50th Anniversary of SWISSAIR" (1) [Photo (Courvoisier)] Sc(B479)

Switzerland 1985 "Europa / Music Year" (2,2,2) [Photo (Courvoisier)] Sc(755,756) [ Image credit of Stampworld ]

Switzerland 1986 "Europa " (2,2,2) [Engr (Karl Bickel)][Recess][Litho] Sc(777,778) [ Image credit of Stampworld ]

Switzerland 1988 "Publicity Issue" (5,5,1) [Photo (Courvoisier)] Sc(821)

Switzerland 1990 "Celebrities" (4,4,4) [Engr (P. Schopfer)][Recess][Litho] Sc(863,.,866) [ Image credit of Stampworld ]

Switzerland 1995 "Europa / Peace and Freedom" (2,2,2) [Recess][Litho][Embossed] Sc(958,959) [ Image credit of Stampworld ]

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Federico Frigerio

[Italy] (b 1873/d 1959)

Project of a building dedicated to Alessandro Volta,work of Federico Frigerio

"After graduating in architecture in 1896 at the Politecnico di Milano , he obtained a degree also at the Brera Accademia , joining the rigorous technological training with a wide historical-artistic formation. (..) In 1910 Federico Frigerio projected and realized  the first building with structural parts in reinforced concrete, located in the city of Como , the Politeama theater. (..) Federico Frigerio's masterpiece is the Volta Temple in Como, wanted and funded by the entrepreneur Francesco Somaini to host the memorabilia of Alessandro Volta . Some of the volcanic memorabilia had been recovered by Frigerio himself from the fire of the Great Exposition pavilions of 1899 , built in Como to celebrate the centenary of the Volta Pile .(...) 


Italy 1949 "150th Anniversary of Volta's Discovery of the electric cell" (2,2,1) [Engr (O.Mele 20l)(M. Canfarini 50l)][Recess]  Sc(526,527)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Reynolds Stone

[Great Britain] (b 1909/d 1979)

"Stone was born on 13 March 1909 at Eton College, where both his grandfather, E. D. Stone, and father, E. W. Stone, were assistant masters. He was educated there and at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he obtained a degree in history in 1930. (..) " With no clear idea of his future, he almost drifted into a two-year apprenticeship at the Cambridge University Press (..)  followed by other two years working at the printing firm of Barnicott & Pearce ; both these experiences convinced him that this was not what he wanted to do for rest of his life. Then he started to buy the wood engraved books of the 1850s and 1860s and started his own free lance career as a Wood engraver...
"Stone was a self-taught wood engraver, which makes his achievements more remarkable. He had little difficulty moving from the graver and tools of the wood engraver to the chisel and mallet of the stone carver but most of the commissions were wood engravings, as was most of his work. (...) His bookplates are distinguished particularly by the flowing elegance of the lettering and he had a very good eye for coats of arms, as shown by commissions from the Royal Family and the British Government as well as private individuals. (..) His work stood out from that of other wood engravers, who illustrated more books than Stone. Many of his commissions were for single engravings, even for books. It was a mark of distinction to have a Stone engraving on the title-page or colophon."


Great Britain 1946 "Victory Issue" (2,2,1) [Photo] Sc(265)

Great Britain 1958 "Sixth British Empire and Commonwealth Games" (3,3,1) [Photo] Sc(338)

Great Britain (Wales) 1958/1969 "Regional Issues" (12,3,3) [Photo] Sc(1,...,12)

Great Britain 1960 "Tercentenary of the Establishment of «General Letter Office»" (2,2,1) [Photo] Sc(375)

Great Britain 1960 "1st Anniversary of European Postal and Telecommunications conference" (2,1) [joint work with P.Rahikainen][Photo] Sc(377,378)

Great Britain 1963 "Paris Postal Conference Centenary" (1) [Photo] Sc(392)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ernst Bohm

[Germany] (b 1890/d 1963)

Poster work of Ernst bohm (1930)

"Ernst bohm was a Professor and lecturer at the Berlin State School for Free and Applied Art , from 1913 to 1937.. as a University lecturer, he influenced the Art industry of the Weimar period and contributed to his own personal affirmation as Graphic designer and bookbinder.. (..) In 1936 he won a competition for the design of the honorary certificates of the  Olympic Games in Berlin. . (..) After the Second World War, he was appointed to the Academy of Fine Arts (now the Berlin University of the Arts ) and worked as professor and Dean of the Department of Applied Arts.. (..) "


Germany 1919 "National Assembly at Weimar" (3,3,1) [Typo] Sc(106)

Germany 1924 "Charity" (4,4,4) [Designs after paintings by Moritz von Schwind, illustrating the life of St. Elizabeth] [Typo] Sc(B8,...,B11)