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What is this?

An Adler typewriter with typed piece of paper. Across the top: Adler. Lower right, in black ink: Adlerwerke vorm / Heinrich Kleyer AG / Zimmerftr.92/93.

Why is this in our collection?

This early modern German poster is by Lucian Bernhard, the most innovative Berlin-based designer of his era. Bernhard’s importance to the history of graphic design cannot be overestimated. In the field of modern graphics, German designers were a major generative force in the first decade of the 20th century. With the founding of the Deutscher Werkbund, architects, industrial designers, and graphic designers came together to forge an alliance between art and industry. The 1907 collaboration between Werkbund member Peter Behrens and Emil Rathenau, president of Allgemeine Elektricitäts Gesellschaft (AEG), when Behrens organized AEG's first corporate design makeover (including architecture, product design,... more

This is a poster from Germany. It is dated 1909–10 and we acquired it in 2005. Gift of the Eric Kellenberger Collection, Switzerland and museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 106 as part of How Posters Work.

Its medium is

lithograph on paper

Its dimensions are

H x W: 45.9 × 58.7 cm (18 1/16 × 23 1/8 in.)

It is signed

Printed on plate with logo, center left: BERN / HARD

It is inscribed

Printed in white across upper third of sheet: Adler; in black at center left: BERN/HARD; at lower right: Adlerwerke vorm-/Heinrich Kleyer A-G/Zimmerstr-92/93; at lower left: HOLLERBAUM/ & SCHMIDT/BERLIN NO. 65

This object was printed by Hollerbaum & Schmidt and designed by Lucian Bernhard and made for (as the client) Adler

This object was donated by Eric Kellenberger and fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and purchased from Eric Kellenberger

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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