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The colored drawing shows a family at a festively set dining table. An employee is bringing a steaming and decorated roast into the room.

Festive flab – a “meaty” problem

Why do we eat so much meat over the festive season? The Swiss National Library investigates why we pile on the pounds during the winter break.
Man wearing armour on his legs and feet, with a giant pillow tied to his back. He carries a cannon and sabre in his right hand, and a mattress serving as a shield in his left. A giant snail sits on his head, and his nose is extended into a kind of trumpet designed to detect anarchists

Flashback 125 NL – The beginnings of anarchism in Switzerland

The emergence of an anarchist movement in Switzerland within the First International, with the creation of the Jura Federation at Sonvilier in 1871.
In the front row, 4th, 5th and 6th from right: Edmond Privat, René de Saussure and Hector Hodler.

Flashback 125 NL – Esperanto in Switzerland

The “Esperanto” project for a universal, humanist language was flourishing in 1895, the year in which the NL was founded.
The picture shows the stony monument of the Universal Postal Union on the “Kleine Schanze” in Bern. In the upper left corner you can see the symbol of the Universal Postal Union, which shows different people transmitting letter mail around the globe. On the right side of the picture is a stone figure, which benevolently looks at the hustle and bustle in the upper right corner of the picture. In front of the stone monument a small pond can be seen.

Flashback 125 NL – Internationalism and Switzerland

Around 1895, the year in which the Swiss National Library was founded, numerous international organizations based in Switzerland were also established. Why?
The picture shows three men working in the Bernese Telegraph Office in 1900. On a raised wooden table stand the telegraph apparatuses, around which the three men sit on raised chairs.

Flashback 125 NL – Swiss Telegraphic Agency

The NL was founded 125 years ago. What was Switzerland like back then, what were the issues on people’s minds, and what were the trends and fashions of the day? Where did Switzerland get its news from? Like the Library, the Swiss Telegraphic Agency started work 125 years ago, in 1895.
The picture shows a calendar page for 1 August, with “Swiss National Day” inscribed across the bottom. The left-hand edge of the page is partly burnt away, and a hint of flame can be seen flickering from it and into the black background. The legend “Handle fireworks with care” is at bottom left.

Flashback 125 NL – The first Swiss National Day

The Swiss National Library (NL) was founded 125 years ago. What was Switzerland like back then? What were the issues on people’s minds? What were the trends and fashions of the day? In 2020, we’re taking a look back, this month at the first Swiss National Day on 1 August 1891.
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Flashback 125 NL – Monte Verità

The NL was founded 125 years ago. What was Switzerland like back then? What were the issues on people’s minds? What were the trends and fashions of the day? In 2020, we’re taking a look back, and this month’s subject is Monte Verità.
The Käfigturm at night

Flashback 125 NL – Riots at the Käfigturm

The NL was founded 125 years ago. What was Switzerland like back then? What were the issues on people’s minds? What were the prevailing trends? Our topic for June is the deep divides between the social classes and the explosive atmosphere among the labour force in around 1895.
Le portrait représente le linguiste Friedrich Staub âgé de 44 ans. F. Staub a une calvitie avancée et porte une barbe ; il regarde la caméra avec un léger sourire aux lèvres. Sous son costume foncé, il porte un gilet blanc et une chemise blanche ornée d’un nœud papillon noir.

Flashback 125 NB – Fondation de la Bibliothèque nationale suisse

La Bibliothèque nationale (BN) a été fondée il y a 125 ans. A quoi la Suisse ressemblait-elle à l’époque ? Qu’aimaient les gens ? Quelles étaient les tendances et les modes de l’époque ? Et comment la BN est-elle née ? Nous répondrons à cette dernière question dans le mois d’anniversaire de la BN.
Affiche publicitaire du Chocolat Zürcher, Montreux, qui montre une paysage glacé avec un ours blanc posant sur une caisse de bois vantant « le meilleur chocolat au lait ». Cabinet des Estampes de la Bibliothèque nationale suisse

Flashback 125 NB - Au pays du chocolat

La BN a été fondée il y a 125 ans. A quoi la Suisse ressemblait-elle à l’époque ? Qu’est-ce qui faisait bouger les gens ? Quelles étaient les tendances et les modes de l’époque ? En 2020, nous jetons un regard en arrière. Ce mois-ci sur le chocolat suisse : son industrie et sa place dans la société.
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