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“Tomorrow’s Dream” / “Laguna Sunrise” – Black Sabbath

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jan 11th, 2014. Artwork published in .
    “Tomorrow’s Dream” / “Laguna Sunrise” – Black Sabbath
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    The type on the cover of the Tomorrow’s Dream single looks a lot like West Barnum. However, it has unbracketed serifs, and the ‘A’ has no top bar.

    Photo-Lettering’s West Barnum Ultra, designed by Dave West and digitized by Ben Kiel & Adam Cruz, was film no. 5494 in the original Photo-Lettering archive. It arrives on Photo-Lettering with and without a shade. — House Industries

    The ultra-heavy Western face was originally drawn in the 1960s. It is quite possible that there were variants and alternates.

    There are two related but clearly weaker digital versions. One is PL Barnum Block, which is credited to Dave West, but — mainly due to more open counters in the uppercase and a looser spacing — doesn’t have the same punch as West Barnum. The other one is Bolster, an all-caps variation with a few “biform” characters.

    I assume the term Barnum is derived from circus pioneer P. T. Barnum (1810–1891). It is also used as the name of the corresponding style category on the Photo-Lettering website, where it collocates all kinds of Circus types.

    Unrelated: Black Slabbath, “the heaviest typeface in the world”.


    • Umbra 27




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    4 Comments on ““Tomorrow’s Dream” / “Laguna Sunrise” – Black Sabbath”

    1. Nick Sherman says:
      Jan 11th, 2014  9:09 pm


    2. Jan 12th, 2014  12:40 am

      In Phil’s “Homage to the Alphabet” 1980 catalog there is a typeface called Umbra No. 57 which matches all the letters on this cover except the apostrophe (which may be something the album art designers made on their own to squeeze in more big type).

      Unfortunately the Phil’s catalog offers no other info and the names therein are not always the same as the original designs, but it’s one step closer to knowing this type, I suppose.

      I’ll upload the specimen shortly.

    3. Mar 13th, 2017  2:37 pm

      Is it possible to upload this specimen of Umbra No. 57?

    4. Aug 9th, 2018  2:32 pm

      Better late than never …

      This is indeed Umbra 27 [sic!], designed by Karl-Heinz Domning for Berthold Fototypes in 1972. I’ve changed the typeface ID. Here’s a sample:

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