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What is this?

Multicolored poster advertising the Divisumma adding machine by Olivetti. Design consists of stylized printing ribbons in tones of grays interspersed with squares of vivid color. Small typographic forms appear randomly on several of the gray squares and more consistently on the colored ones.

Why is this in our collection?

The work of Herbert Bayer is especially significant because he was particularly concerned with graphic design and typography. Born outside Vienna, Bayer studied at the Weimar Bauhaus from 1921 to 1923 under Johannes Itten and Wassily Kandinsky. When the school moved to Dessau in 1925, Bayer was hired by Walter Gropius to head his newly created typography and graphic design workshop. Bayer’s most dramatic innovation was his creation of a universal typeface that organized the alphabet around simple, geometrically constructed forms. Because spoken language does not differentiate between capital and lowercase letters, Bayer created an efficient font organized around four arcs, three angles, vertical and... more

This is a poster from United States. It is dated 1953 and we acquired it in 2009. Museum purchase through gift of James A. Lapides and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

photo-offset lithograph on white wove paper

Its dimensions are

67.9 x 47.9 cm (26 3/4 x 18 7/8 in.)

This object was designed by Herbert Bayer

This object was donated by James A. Lapides and fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and purchased from International Poster Gallery

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18728283/ |title=Poster, "Olivetti Divisumma", 1953 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=25 October 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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