The Road to Los Angeles is a novel by the American writer John Fante. It was written in 1936, but was published posthumously in 1985 by Black Sparrow Press.
Santa Fe, released by Letraset two years earlier, clearly references the Art Deco-era origins of the text. Barbara Martin used alternates such as ‘T’, ‘L, ‘g’, and ‘o’ for this cover.
The digital versions — and probably also the Letraset original — offer a large number of alternates, including the swash ‘L’ and ‘T’ and the ‘o’ with mid-height connector. The only glyph that is presumably a modification by the book cover designer is the ‘g’ with long descender. Other alternates are the ‘o’ with top connector and ‘edns’ with baseline connector, which have been used in final positions here.
In this glyph map, the swash ‘T’ is presented as an alternate ‘I’. It has been encoded in the OpenType versions by ITC/Linotype as such, too. In the Letraset 93 catalog, however, it is shown next to ‘T’.
Thanks, Florian! Corrected my text.
Contributed by Chris Purcell
Photo(s) by “Nile Peterson” on Flickr.
Contributed by Florian Hardwig
Contributed by Stephen Coles