Genossenschaft USOGAS Zürich designed by Donald Brun, Basel, 1956

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Swiss Posters from the 1956 Best Poster Award (Die besten Plakate des Jahres 1956)

The best poster designs from Die besten Plakate des Jahres 1956 with a translated foreword by Jakob Rudolf Welti. Featuring the work of Herbert Leupin, Carl B. Graf, Carlo Vivarelli and Emil Ruder.

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