Covers for two radioplays recorded at Radio România and released by the national record label Electrecord. In both cases, designer Dimitrie Sbiera chose Olivia as the titling typeface.
Olivia is a 19th-century-style set of ornamented italic Tuscan caps. It’s shown in Lettera 1 (1954), the first volume of the Swiss series of alphabet source books, with the design credited to Alex Stocker. In or before 1971, the face was adopted by Mecanorma, the French manufacturer of dry-transfer lettering sheets. The Mecanorma version went under the name Lettres Ornées B. Lettres OrnéesA was their adaptation of Gillé’s Lettres Ornées, Lettres OrnéesC is Midolle’s Romaine Genre Arabesque. Unlike A and C, B disappeared from later Mecanorma catalogs. Did it sell poorly? Or was the adaptation unauthorized, and did Armin Haab, the editor of Lettera, send a cease and desist letter? See his comment on plagiarism from the preface to Lettera 4 which I’ve quoted in a previous post.