The Young Rascals – Groovin’ album art
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This typeface came from its origins: I guess A. Bardi’s La Boule (1931).
Excellent find, Jay, thanks a bunch! No doubt – this is the source of Halloween. I’ve updated the typeface bio.
This alphabet by lettering artist A. Bardi was reproduced as La Boule in Publicité Vignettes Lettres Chiffres Monogrammes et Rehauts Modernes. This portfolio with 52 sheets (+ 1 index sheet) printed in different colors was published by Les Editions Guérinet, Paris, 1931. It was reprinted as Authentic Art Deco Alphabets by Dover Publications, 1986. The image you show above is probably from the Dover reprint, and is also included in Sander de Voogt’s selection of handlettered Art Deco alphabets. Luc Devroye also has a picture of the original showing of La Boule on his page about publisher R. Panzani, which includes the credits.
La Boule is not the only alphabet from this portfolio that was adopted by Photo-Lettering. Thanks to your pointer and Sander’s specimens, I was able to identify the sources of several other faces shown in the “Pop Type” section of PLINC’s Alphabet Thesaurus, vol. 2 from 1965, with “exotic alphabets of the 1920s”. These include more designs by A. Bardi (La Massive AKA Aztec and L’Ajourée AKA Cabaret) and P. Picaud (La Tiercée AKA Plywood, La Bâton AKA Razzle Dazzle, Le Recto-Verso AKA Eyes Left & Right). Thank you!