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Vintage Television Typeface Corner

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

  1. bmasters9

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    It certainly is-- confirmation from a site called Famous Fonts:
    https://famfonts.com/murder-she-wrote/

    And from that same site, the discovery that the Knight Rider title font (from that 1982-86 NBC adventure series w/David Hasselhoff, and not its abortive 2008 remake) is Ruben:
    https://famfonts.com/knight-rider/

    Examples from Universal's first-season (1982-83) DVD:

    --Title in Ruben
    knightrideropening1.
    --David Hasselhoff's title credit (Slicker for "Starring," and Ruben for his name)
    knightrideropening2.
     
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    I could never find this font for 12 o'clock HIGH:

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    It's a stencil font of some kind. Anyone know?
     
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    That's a good question-- I'm stumped too; you're as much wanting to know about that as I've been about the font on the 1981-87 titles of Another World on NBC (title card of that posted earlier in this thread)!
     
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    Indeed. They modify the design of Albertus and add some special letters to fit in Patrick McGoohan's medieval leaning:
    see the capital G which is a reference to the Uncial Script of the early Middle Age.

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    TV Shows set in Slab Serif Typefaces

    Western
    Gunsmoke
    Have Gun - Will Travel
    Rawhide
    (Clarendon: ends credits)
    The Rebel
    Wagon Train
    The Wild Wild West


    Film Noir
    The Fugitive
    Mannix
    (City)
     
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    What about Route 66?
     
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    The logo is a customized Bodoni (lower case with a grainy texture) and the title credits is set in City with a bold weight.
    City was used later for Mannix.
     
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    The first episodes of S1 of Star Trek (The Original Series) (Desilu/Paramount) used the Folio (light) font, while all the rest used the Eurostile Bold font. For seasons 2-3, it used the signature Star Trek font.

    S1 episodes of ST:TOS that used the Folio (?) font:
    The Man Trap
    Charlie X
    Where No Man Has Gone Before
    The Naked Time
    The Enemy Within
    Miri (also italicized)
    The Corbomite Maneuver
    The Menagerie (parts I and II)
    Balance of Terror
    The Galileo Seven
    Court Martial

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    The City font was also used on the TV movie pilot of The Magician (1973) (end titles).

    ~Ben
     
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    What font belong to this creepy, kooky bunch?
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    Three Revue/Universal westerns had their end credits in Clarendon.
    Cimarron City
    Overland Trail
    Frontier Circus
     
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    I double-checked that series and featured three typefaces:
    the logo which looks like a customized decorative typeface made for that series
    the title credits which had two typefaces: Dom Bold combined with Alternate Gothic.

    PS: Dom Bold was used for Green Acres.
     
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    If I may take this off on a tangent as Flashgear did w/the Mounties on that Novak thread: I'd like to bring up a couple of typefaces that are not from actual series (but are from television as it was when I was a boy)-- first, the NBC Sports font as it was w/the Proud N; that one was ITC Serif Gothic (here captured from a YouTube clip of a 1984 NFL broadcast between the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers from the old Candlestick Park in San Francisco [NBC Sports banner in the background])...

    nbcsports1984nflstadiumbanner.

    And another, this from CBS Sports in 1986: Jim Nantz on The Prudential College Football Report from Studio 43 at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York (Jim's ID credit and the game score on the background monitor are in Radiant EF, but the College Football titling is in an unknown font; that one captured from YouTube clip of Arizona/UCLA 1986 broadcast from former user Stephen Barnett)...
    jimnantzprudential1986.
     
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    Oh yes, one more w/the clarendon, The Deputy
     
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    Futura was the common typeface at Revue from The Adventures of Kit Carson to Leave it To Beaver!
     
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    Actually, The Deputy has the end credits with Clarendon.
    The Main Titles is set with two wood types: a Tuscanian Slab Serif followed by an Italian Slab Serif.
     
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    Cimarron City (Italian Slab Serif)
    Overland Trail (Tuscanian Slab Serif for the opening and Clarendon for the ending)
     
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    The first slab serif fonts appeared at the beginning of industrialization in Great Britain. Clarendon and Ionic became the names for this new development in England, known as English Egyptienne elsewhere in Europe. Clarendon is also the name of a particular font of this style, which, thanks to its clear, objective and timeless forms, never lost its contemporary feel. In small point sizes Clarendon is still a legible font and in larger print, its individual style attracts attention.

    The classical Clarendon form originating in England in 1845 by Robert Bersley as polished by Edouard Hoffmann and Hermann Eidenbenz at Haas a little over a century later. Haas’ revival of this typeface in 1953 precipitated the revivals that follow.


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    The Universal series Kolchak: The Night Stalker was set in a typewriting machine typeface.

    kolchak_type.
     

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