American 40s lettering

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Max Larsson von Reybekiel's picture
Joined: 31 May 2004 - 7:39am
American 40s lettering
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Hi,

I've been doing some research to find a typeface to match my 1946 chris-craft race boat that I am currently renovating. I haven't found the right one yet though. When it comes to typefaces I realize it was popular with sans-serifs and bold display type. Which is not too bad but I want something with a bit more edge. So either that or if anyone could put me in the know of some hand lettering inspiration/fonts popular in the 40s?

Looking forward to some input, thanks!

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Max

Randy Jones's picture
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Joined: 10 Jun 2005 - 8:54am
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Is this for setting the name? For replicating the 1940's CC logo?

Baseline scripts by Leslie Cabarga eg Raceway might be what you want?

Max Larsson von Reybekiel's picture
Joined: 31 May 2004 - 7:39am
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It's for setting the name. Thanks for the tips, however I associate them more with car typography. I thing perhaps it should be more free hand lettring style. Anything else comes to mind?

Thanks again!

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Max

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Wouldn't script be too similar to the Chris Craft logo?
Why not have an all caps roman type (sans or serif) to contrast with the logo?
Stellar is an interesting mid-century American face, a little more animated than Optima.
I like the look of colored lettering on wood, but with a fine gold outline, the metallic effect acting as a buffer zone.

Max Larsson von Reybekiel's picture
Joined: 31 May 2004 - 7:39am
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Nick, the CC logo goes on the hull side, and doesn't really interfere with the transom type I think. Stellar is an interesting choice but perhaps more for a cruiser kind of boat.

I'll try to explain what I am looking for...

First please have a look at th boat. One of the smaller pleasure crafts/ski boats that CC built at that time. One of the models were named rocket and had a hand drawn rocket silhouette on the hullside. My boat will hopefully look [[http://www.mlvr.com/cc/carrot.jpg|something like this]] one day. The rocket model: [[http://www.mlvr.com/cc/cc2.jpg]]

My intention is to have a simple, kind of naive and cartoon-esque feeling on the type. That's why I am looking at hand lettering - to add that homemade look to it. Here's some references of what I'm into:
'Thunderbolt' [[http://www.mlvr.com/cc/thunderbolt.jpg]]
[[http://www.mlvr.com/cc/type1.jpg]]

The name of the boat is Libertine and will perhaps be typed with year i.e. "Libertine '46" and followed by "STOCKHOLM" where it is located, set in a complementing sans-serif.

What do you think about Charbonne, any of the oblique styles: [[http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/typeart/charbonne/]]
Or [[http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/larabie/superheterodyne/]]. When it comes to scripts I like these, without none of them being the right one: [[http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/alphabetsoup/metroscript/]] and [[http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/sideshow/coffee-service/]].

Cheers,
Max

James Mark Hatley's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2004 - 11:00am
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Probably worth your time to look through these:

http://www.sudtipos.com/home

Mr. Stalwart possibly being the most direct of the bunch based on my impression of what you want.