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Creator Leo Keck
Printing year 1937
Sheet size (cm) 101.5×63.5
Printing technique Lithograph
Printer Fretz Bros.
Condition A
Asking price 0 CHF
Categories Bern(ese Oberland), on the tracks | by cable car, Switzerland

With the practically vertical continuation of the N, Leo Keck (1906 – 1987) congenially demonstrates the enormous gradient of the funicular railroad on Thun’s local mountain, which was opened in 1910 (and is still in operation): over a distance of 3.5 kilometers from Mülenen (700 m above sea level), the wagons climb over 1640 meters in altitude – which corresponds to a fabulous gradient of almost 70 percent.

This poster is undoubtedly one of the best-known Swiss travel posters from the 1930s due to its lucent fauvist colors and highly abstract design; rare, especially in this condition.

Born in what is now the Czech Republic, Keck worked for two of the most important Swiss poster printers in the 1930s and 1940s: First as a graphic artist and lithographer at Wolfensberger, then from 1937 as in-house graphic artist at the Fretz brothers, both in Zurich.

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