Markings on a 1939 US exploration vehicle



I doubt this was a font in 1939. Looks like the creation of a rather uninspired lettering artist -- perhaps a lab technician who could be spared from thawing ice samples -- who may have worked with a crude stencil and filled in the gaps. You can get pretty close if you use Flatsider JNL clip off the extra bits on C, G and J and reverse the Z to make S.


I agree, it does look hand-lettered.

Not the work of a lab technician though - the Snow Cruiser was built in the US by the Pullman Company and left the factory fully painted.

Flatsider JNL looks like a great starting point.

Thanks for your help!