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General Dynamics by Erik Nitsche

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Erik Nitsche was a pioneer in the design of books, annual reports, and other printed material that relied on meticulous attention to the details of page composition, the elegance of simple type presentation, and the juxtaposition of elements on a page. His hallmarks were impeccably clear design, brilliant colors, smart typography, and an adherence to particular geometric foundations.

General Dynamics was founded in 1952 with the merger of 'Electric Boat' and 'Canadair Ltd'. General Dynamics has different activities in scientific research, such as atomic energy, electricity, electronic intelligence and space dynamics. They produce aircraft, rockets, nuclear power stations, medical instruments against cancer etc. They built the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine.

Eric Nitsche, as Art director, designed the famous three series of posters for General Dynamics between 1955 and 1960 at the occasion of the IAEA conferences. They are now in museum collections and are prized by avant-garde collectors. The complete collection is very rare and hard to complete.

The International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy was helded at the United Nations in Geneva From 8 to 20 August 1955. The foundation in 1956 of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is a result of this conference. A second conference was also helded in 1958 in Geneva.

Atome for Peace 1955

First set of 6 posters displayed during the First International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in Geneva, August 1955.

General Dynamics, Атомы на служнбе мира, Astrodynamics, Atoms for peace

1955 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1860.–

General Dynamics, L'atome au service de la paix, hydrodynamics

1955 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 2670.–

General Dynamics, USS Nautilus

1955 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 4530.–

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General Dynamics, Atoms for peace, electrodynamics

1955 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1080.–

General Dynamics, Atoms for peace

1955 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 2130.–

General Dynamics, Atoms for peace, nucleodynamics

1955 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1070.–

General Dynamics, Atome im dienste des Friedens, aerodynamics

1955 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1060.–

Atome for Peace 1956

Second set of 5 posters Atoms for Peace printed in 1956.

General Dynamics, Radiation dynamics

1956 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1570.–

General Dynamics, Solar Dynamics, el atomo para la paz

1956 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1970.–

General Dynamics, Atome im Diensten des Friedens, basic forces

1956 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1830.–

General Dynamics. L'atome au service de la paix, Nuclear fusion

1956 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1930.–

Exploring the Universe 1957-1958

Series of 7 posters displayed during the second international conference on the peaceful uses of atomic energy in Geneva, September 1958.

General Dynamics, basic forces, exploring the Universe

1958 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1930.–

General Dynamics, Exploring the Universe, worlds without ends

1957 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 3240.–

General Dynamics, Exploring the Universe, first step into space

1957 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1970.–

General Dynamics, Exploring the Universe, subatomic worlds

1957 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 920.–

General Dynamics, exploring the Universe, Nuclear fusion

1957 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1930.–

General Dynamics, Exploring the universe, Weather control

1957 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1570.–

Triga 1958

Triga is an inherently safe training, research, isotope-production reactor designed and manufactured by the General Atomic Division. This reactor was exhibited to the public in Geneva during the Second International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, September 1958.

General Atomic, Triga

1958 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1620.–

Energy and Industrial products 1959-1960, 10 General Dynamics Divisions

General Dynamics, energetic earth, material service

1960 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 2460.–

General Dynamics, electronic intelligence

1960 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 2170.–

General Dynamics, liquid carbonic, medical gases

1960 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1930.–

General Dynamics, industrial gases, Liquid carbonic

1960 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1930.–

General Dynamics, Undersea frontiers - Electric boat

1960 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 2570.–

General Dynamics, Convair 880 the world's fastest jetliner

1960 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1070.–

General Dynamics, CL-44, Canadair forty-four air cargo

1960 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 900.–

General Dynamics (Triga around the world, General Atomic)

1960 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 920.–

History

Atom for peace

First series, printed in 2 sets in 1955 and 1956. 1st set: 6 posters printed in 1955, to promote the pacific use of atomic energy, on the occasion of the International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, Geneva 1955 2nd set: 5 posters printed in 1956

Exploring the universe

Second series designed in 1957 and 1958, to show the research activities of the company, on the occasion of the second International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, Geneva 1958. At this occasion the atomic reactor Triga was presented to the public.

Energy and industrial products

Third series printed in 1959 & 1960, to promote the different GD divisions

GD Division acquisition or opening

General Dynamics was founded in 1952 with the merger of Electric Boat and Canadair Ltd. Electro Dynamics was a division of Electric Boat.

Erik Nitsche Biography (1908 - 1998)

Erik Nitsche studied in Lausanne, Switzerland, and moved to the United States at the age of 26, where he had a successful career as graphic designer and art director. In 1955 he was hired as art director for the engineering company General Dynamics. He designed a breakthrough series of posters, in addition to designing their corporate image, annual reports, and advertising. After 1960's he worked mainly on children's books.

Erik Nitsche Golf poster 1956

International Golf Championship Trophy and the Canada Cup Wentworth 1956. Inside the General Dynamics collection, we found this unusual Golf poster by Erik Nitsche.

International Golf Championship Trophy and the Canada Cup, Wentworth 1956

1956 – Erik NITSCHE

CHF 1000.–


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