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Vintage Television Typeface Corner

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by JohnHopper, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. Message #1 of 74 Dec 19, 2018
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    JohnHopper

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    Among your favorite television shows of the past, do you know which typeface they used for the main titles and the titles credits?

    As an example, Universal Television used to set the late Sixties and Early Seventies shows with Folio (Folio Bold Extented and Folio Light Italic):

    The Name of the Game
    Columbo
    McMillan & Wife
    McCloud
    Banacek
    The Rockford Files


    https://fontsinuse.com/uses/5678/the-rockford-files-titles

    But Universal Television also used Eurostile:
    Ironside
    It Takes a Thief
    Rod Serling's Night Gallery
    The Six Million Dollar Man



    The Rockford Files set in Folio Bold Extended.
    [​IMG]
     
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    CANNON's logo is a variation of a typeface called Baby Teeth.

    cannon_title_screen_8860.

    th.
     
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    Daystar Productions had two shows set in Franklin Gothic (N° 2 or Heavy in the ITC version):

    Stoney Burke
    The Outer Limits
     
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    Desilu produced a private eye series entitled Mannix set in City.
     
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    I remember getting into typefaces because I learned that Mary Tyler Moore Show's titles were set in

    Peignot :D
     
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    Peignot was everywhere in TV and movies (and paperback books) c. 1968-78. House on Greenapple Road, the Dan August pilot I just watched in the new set from VEI, used Peignot.
     
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    The titles for the ABC Movie of the Week was set in Peignot too.
     
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    The title card on the 1981-89 ABC serial Dynasty (this captured from one of CBS DVD's releases) was in Aurora.

    dynastytitle.
     
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    Perry Mason was in Wide Latin.
     
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    More Universal series:
    Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976-1978) was set in Clarendon.
     
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    Interesting thread idea...must confess to not ever thinking about investigating which exact font is being used on classic shows I watch, but it's nice to learn about it from others who have done the work to find out!
     
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    Isn't Murder, She Wrote's special font called "Lansbury"? I read that somewhere--don't know if it's accurate.
     
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    That Advertisers Gothic that was the basis of the Streets of San Francisco titles: that was also the font on Starsky & Hutch from 1975-79 on ABC.

    starsky&hutchtitle.
     
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    The British science fiction series Space: 1999 was set in Neil Bold for the logo and Futura for the title credits and the stencil Futura Black for the blue inter titles of the main titles. During season 2, they changed Futura to Granby.

    https://fontsinuse.com/uses/11094/space-1999-titles


    The logo set in Neil Bold, a distorted version of the typeface.
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    The title credits set in Futura.
    [​IMG]


    The blue inter titles set in Futura Black.
    [​IMG]
     
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    The British espionage series Danger Man (1964-1966) was set in Univers for the title credits.

    [​IMG]
     
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    While the base for THE PRISONER is Albertus, the actual font had a variation where the lower case "e" had an open top end. (See the title screen above.) Online I've found a specialized font called "Village.ttf" that has the open-ended "e" along with a special capital "P" for the titling.
     
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