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Roger Nicholson & Jake Walton – Bygone Days: Music for Dulcimer and Hurdy-Gurdy album art

Contributed by Nick Sherman on Sep 18th, 2022. Artwork published in .
    Roger Nicholson & Jake Walton – Bygone Days: Music for Dulcimer and Hurdy-Gurdy album art 1
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    Bygone Days is an album of acoustic folk music by Roger Nicholson and Jake Walton, released on Front Hall Records in 1980.

    The cover was designed by Jon Henry, who also designed the cross-stitch-like typeface used in the composition. The typeface is a similar style to the Front Hall Records logo, and was used at least as far back as 1976 for branding on the back of earlier Front Hall albums. It’s featured on the cover of at least one other Front Hall Records release (see Bob White’s Collector’s Series).

    Eight years after the release of Bygone Days, the typeface was chosen among 10 winners in a 1988 design competition for Chartpak who then offered it under the name Abigail as part of their “Velvet Touch” type collection. Chartpak’s offering included a handful of dingbats and border pieces that could be used to compose decorative elements similar to the ones on this and other Front Hall albums.

    The secondary typeface on the front and back covers is ITC Souvenir , with some Helvetica Condensed for ancillary text and Helvetica for the spine. The labels on the record use Windsor, Franklin Gothic, and Alternate Gothic.

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    Typefaces

    • Abigail (Chartpak)
    • ITC Souvenir
    • Franklin Gothic
    • Windsor
    • Alternate Gothic
    • Helvetica Condensed
    • Helvetica

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