Eber’s water towers 2021

The leading trade journal in Sweden, VA-tidskriften Cirkulation has since 1998 an article series under the heading Ebers vattentorn (Eber’s water towers), where Eber Ohlsson with text and photo presents interesting water towers in the world (except Scania and Sweden). Below is a free translation to English of these texts.


Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 1/2021

A free translation to English:

There is water towers, which you for unusualness reasons can look down on. One such is the old water tower in Chicago in the USA. The houses around this are not just high-rise buildings, they are what we call skyscrapers. The 47-meter high tower of 1869 built in limestone is designed in the Gothic style by William W. Boyington.

It is the second oldest water tower in the USA. The Chicago Tower, which is a standpipe, was one of the few buildings that survived the Great Fire in 1871. The tower, in 1969, became the first object of the American Water Landmark designation, and since 1975 has also been an American Historic Place. A tower to look up to.

Published 2021-03-24


Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 2/2021

A free translation to English:

In marketing a product or service, it is important to create positive values and good recognition. In that respect, the brand “The laughing cow” has succeeded. It was the founder Leon Bel, who himself designed the first version in the early 1900s.

The version that is best known today, however, is the illustrator Benjamin Rabier’s version from 1924 with the red cow and the round cheeses as earrings. When you pass the relatively anonymous factory in Lons-le-Saunier in the French Jura mountains near Switzerland and see the brand on the factory’s standard water tower, then you understand what is manufactured here.

Published 2021-02-17


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