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Antique kid's wagon font

Discussion in 'Fonts and Typography' started by Jillbeans, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    Hi, I have to rebuild this.
    Any suggestions on a font to base this on? I can always trace it but I want it to be perfect.
    :thankyou::signs101:
    Love....Jill
     

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  2. Gino

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    It resembles Souvenir a little, but honestly, it looks like something hand cut in ruby and then screen printed for mass-production.
     
  3. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    That's what I'm thinking too. The pic is from the www not the actual wagon, which someone sanded and repainted.
     
  4. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    i would take a sheet of tracing paper, tape it on one side take the time to trace it exactly. if i was doing the "refurb on it, i would be repainting the yellow any way. it need a total sandblasting and a good fill 2 part epoxy primer. this is body shop work. also before i had it sandblasted i would take it to an auto paint store...........and match the red as close as possible with a auto paint. and a lot of detail pictures of BEFORE. this is a refurb i did.
     

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  5. JR's

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    nuthing in my signlab :-{
     
  6. SignosaurusRex

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    The S is definitely a GOUDY style. Goudy Catalog, Old Style and Old Style Italic will pretty much give you everything you need. The rest is up to you with tweaks and such.
     
  7. Jillbeans

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    This is what the lady sent me, it was all she had to go by.
    Not sure if it's a tracing or what.
    The wagon has been stripped.
    She wants a black decal.
    (and this after me chiding someone for vynulling up an old pickup)
    :wink:
    I have a ton of period fonts, and will also give the Goudy family a whirl.
    :thankyou:
    PS: OP that turned out swell!
     

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  8. SignosaurusRex

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    Wow......she really "F"ed up that project didn't she. Screwed the pooch with it's value and made your job a real cluster "F". I'd charge her up the ...... for what she wants. Damn! Some people are only alive by sheer luck. If you can't charge her accordingly.....just throw a quickie together with Goudy.....heavily molested of course and she will never know the diff. Otherwise make her bring it in and you can slap it with paint. Again, charge her for it good!!!
     
  9. signcrafters london

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    Helen Keller would have done a better trace job.
     
  10. SignosaurusRex

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    Yes, but she felt good...I mean ...had a good sense of feel. :rolleyes:
     
  11. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    ask the lady to look all over the thing and see if there is a stamping with the comapny name and or date. I HATE WHEN DUMB PEOPLE do dumb schit, like starting a project when they ARE DUMB............... then expect us to fix it for cheap!!!!!
     
  12. SignosaurusRex

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  13. Jillbeans

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    ^refer to my post #3, I said the pix were from the www. It's all I could find and it was better than my "tracing".
    I have the border all rebuilt, now to do the name.
    I don't think the lady who I'm dealing with was the one who stripped the thing without the trace or whatever, not to defend her, but she seems OK.
     
  14. Cross Signs

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    +1
     
  15. bob

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    Hand cut. The two 'n's are slightly different. Compare the upper right where the curve straightens to form the leg of the 'n'. The left 'n' is a smooth transition and the right 'n' would appear to have the curve stop and then turn straight leaving just a hint of a spur.

    As for what typeface, shrug. Most likely someone set cold type and ran a proof on a platen press to use as a pattern or just winged it.
     
  16. SignosaurusRex

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    That is a 1937 (aprox) era wagon. Back then most everything was drawn out on paper with pencil to create a pattern and then a screen stencil was cut from that. Quite often the stencil itself was paper held onto the screen by nothing more than the ink itself.
     
  17. Jillbeans

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    Will this do?
     

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  18. signcrafters london

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    Looks good. But I think the letters appear a little bolder in the pic in your first post and the O definitely slants more.

    #OCD
     
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  20. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    You've lined'em up, signed'em up and now you can knock'em out! She will be pleased as punch...
     

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