It is hard to find better advertising than the "object posters" created in Basel in the '40s and '50s by Herbert Leupin, Niklaus Stoecklin, and Peter Birkhauser. These delightful posters make their points simply and humorously. Along with Leupin, Birkhauser specialized in combining wit with his beautifully drawn, hyper-realistic products.
The object poster was especially suited to lithography, where brilliant color and richness in texture could be achieved to make objects look real. The Swiss had a passion for this style, perhaps because it appealed to their love of precision, but also because it could be understood by everyone - not a simple task in a country with four national languages.
Birkhauser apprenticed with Stoecklin from 1931 to 1934, in whose studio he created his first poster. It was an object poster of a button, done for the Zurich clothing store PKZ, which is one of the most prized Swiss posters of all time. Throughout the '40s he produced masterpiece after masterpiece in the super- realist style.