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George Adams (Teltscher)

Also Known As: "Georg Anthony Adams-Teltscher"
Birthplace: Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Death: 1983 (78-79)
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Wilhelm Teltscher and Mary Mizzi Quincy Teltscher
Brother of Arthur Emil Adams

Occupation: Graphic designer
Managed by: Mark Petschek
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About George Adams

The hidden micro writing in the Hay banknotes made by George Adams Connection to the Somerton Mystery Upon return from Australia MI6 learnt and employed George Adam's techniques to produce hidden micro writing to send coded messages. The same technique was used to write coded messages in a book that was discovered in car in Adelaide South Australia that is believed to belong to an unidentified man found dead upon Somerton Beach on December 1st 1948, which some believe was a spy. Another man who's apparent suicide in Adelaide 2 weeks later, happened to of also been on the ship Dunera and interned at Hay with George Adams. His name was Tibor Kaldor who was the same age as George. He also placed coded message in his suicide note sing George Adams micro writing technique.

Further biographical material mentioning George Adams
Artist, graphic designer born in Vienna in 1904. Studied at Bauhaus art school in Weimar from 1921-1923. Worked in Hamburg and later Barcelona before moving to London in 1938 where he adopted the name George Adams. Deported to Australia as an enemy alien during WWII, he designed the currency used in Hay internment camp. Upon his release in 1941 he returned to the UK where he drew maps and designed propaganda leaflets. He later worked as a graphic designer for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, and moved to Nigeria in the 1970s, before returning to London where he died in 1983.
Adams was born Georg Anthony Adams-Teltscher in Vienna, Austria, in 1904.

He studied at the Bauhaus art school, in Weimar, Germany, under founder Walter Gropius, taking part in classes including painting workshops run by abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky.

During his time there, he designed an invitation to an exhibition in 1923 of students’ and teachers’ work.

Upon leaving the Bauhaus in 1923, ahead of its move to Dessau, he went on to become a graphic designer under the mentorship of graphic artist Julius Klinger.

He worked in Hamburg where he promoted a “modern design ethos” and later in Barcelona, Spain, where he became involved in the Spanish Civil War as part of the International Brigade unit, in which he is thought to have been a soldier.

He moved to London, England in 1938, ahead of World War Two, adopting the name George Adams, destroying his Austrian passport and continuing to work in graphic design.

During WW2, he was deported to Australia, alongside many Jewish refugees who had escaped Nazi Germany, to Hay Camp in New South Wales.

Here, he designed toy currency — bank notes — which were used within the camp for various transactions for three months, before the plates used to make them were confiscated by the Australian government, because they were “so convincing in their design, they risked being used outside the camp,” according to the Isokon Gallery.

In 1941, Adams was able to return to England, where he drew maps for the British army and designed propaganda leaflets and later went on to become a British citizen.

Graphic design
He worked as a graphic designer creating hundreds of books and covers for publishers Thames and Hudson and producing designs for the Festival of Britain in 1951.

He also worked as art director for magazines Future and Go, and as a lecturer at the London College of Printing, which was known at the time as the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts, and is now part of the University of the Arts, London (UAL).

He was heavily involved with the 50 Years Bauhaus exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1968, which is where the current Isokon Gallery exhibition co-curator, Allan, met him.

“I was just a student at the time, but he was very friendly and approachable, so I still feel a sort of personal connection,” Allan says.

Adams worked as a graphic designer, for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, and moved to Nigeria in the 1970s, helping to start an arts department at the University of Nigeria.

Eventually he returned to London and settled in Gospel Oak with his wife Sara Adams close to The Isokon, where Walter Gropius had lived many years before. He died in 1983, aged 79

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George Adams's Timeline

July 1, 1904
Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Age 78
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom