Helena Blehárová – Helena Blehárová album art
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The letterforms used for this album cover come from a design named Subway. This capital alphabet was drawn by Walter Haettenschweiler in 1971 and shown in Lettera 4. This final volume of a series of alphabet and lettering source books was published in 1972 by Niggli, Switzerland. At least initially, Subway didn’t exist as a proper font, that is, in the form of metal type, film strips, or photo disks. Peter Hevessy probably reproduced the letterforms directly from the showing in the book. As the showing only covered A–Z plus ! and ?, he had to add the accents himself.
I’ve written more about Lettera as an alternative source of letterforms in a previous post. The books were also popular behind the Iron Curtain, see these examples from Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Romania.
Subway seems to be inspired by the cover lettering of this 1967 issue of the British Queen magazine, “The Lure of Lebanon”. Cover photography by John Vaughn.