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A week in concerts

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Nov 11th, 2014. Artwork published in
circa 1972
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    Wave makes its first appearance in 1972, here on a ticket for the PNE Garden Auditorium. The ticket design with Tempo caps for the act and Wave for the date against a patterned background was introduced in 1973.

    1970s concert tickets from the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, courtesy of Vince Ricci’s vast collection of concert-related ephemera.

    The script typeface is Wave, the last published typeface by Robert Hunter Middleton (1898–1985), designed in 1962 for Ludlow. The not quite joining brush script was revived by Phil Rutter and published by Canada Type in c. 2004 as Coffee Script. In 2010, latter was revised and redigitized by Patrick Griffin and is now named Middleton Brush, “to better reflect the origins of the design, which was Middleton’s response to Robert Smith’s popular Brush Script.” [Canada Type]

    More vintage concert tickets from Vancouver.

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    Thursday: Curtis Mayfield (1973)

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    Tuesday: Festival Of Life feat. Ravi Shankar and friends (1973)

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    Friday: Steve Miller Band (1974)

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    Saturday: Eric Burdon (1975)

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    Sunday: The Beach Boys (1975)

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    Wednesday: Chicago (1976)

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    Monday: KISS (1979)


    • Wave
    • Tempo
    • Lining Plate Gothic



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    2 Comments on “A week in concerts”

    1. Nov 18th, 2014  4:29 am

      Wait is that Tempo or Futura?

    2. Nov 18th, 2014  8:37 am

      The two-storey ‘a’ in the small type in image 1 or in the condensed style in image 3 suggest it is Tempo. In image 2, ‘featuring’ is definitely Tempo Heavy. In some styles and at some sizes, Tempo is hard to tell from Futura, especially since it comes with many mimicry alternates with which it can masquerade as Futura (or Kabel). See the specimen links on the typeface page. Also note that there is a later series, Tempo Alternate, introduced about 1960 [McGrew], which is even closer to Futura. As the other fonts in use here are Ludlow typefaces, I think it is safe to say that it is all Tempo and Tempo Alternate.

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