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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

Contributed by Garrison Martin on Sep 25th, 2018. Artwork published in .
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré 1
    Source: www.etsy.com VernacularBookShop (edited). License: All Rights Reserved.

    The 1974 USA original Random House / Alfred A. Knopf hardcover pressing of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré, featuring a very Russian-looking Vodka by Charles Papirtis. This one really stumped us at Typophile, a few years ago. Found the answer while looking through PLINC's Alphabet Thesaurus Volume 2.

    Designed by the great R.D. Scudellari.

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré 2
    Photo: Garrison Martin. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré 3
    Source: www.abebooks.co.uk Bag Ed Books. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré 4
    Source: www.ebay.com catringfancy (edited). License: All Rights Reserved.
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré 5
    Source: www.ebth.com EBTH. License: All Rights Reserved.

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    • Papirtis Vodka
    • ITC Avant Garde Gothic

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    6 Comments on “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré”

    1. The back of Alphabet Thesaurus II shows these alternates.

    2. Photo-Lettering, Inc. advert from December, 1962.

    3. Thanks, Patrick! I’ve adjusted the date on our typeface page. Is this from your personal collection? Got more of these?

    4. A mere clipping from Art Direction (1953–1975). Microfilm copies available online at the Internet Archive.

      You could add the V from ADVANCE to the VODKA sample too, if you’d like.

    5. Also sometimes known as Art Direction: The Magazine of Visual Communication. Issues continued into the late ’70s, ’80s, ’90s. Not sure beyond that.

    6. Thanks, Patrick! That’s a great digitized resource I wasn’t aware of. I’ve updated the sample.

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