Billy Swan – I Can Help album art
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Judging from the appearance of those sign painters’ quotes, I’m guessing that’s Airport Black, not Spartan Extra Black, even though they do look very similar to each other.
Good call. Yes, the quote marks on the sticker are closer to Airport Black. Photo-Lettering’s adaptation of Spartan Extra Black follows the original metal design in this detail, so chances are we’re looking at some phototype version of Airport Black. Spartan Extra Black and Airport Black are so similar, I would assume that one is derived from the other.
I’m aware of an adaptation shown by Photo-Lettering in their 1960 catalog. I can’t speak to Monsen – chances are they indeed had a version, too.
The info that a phototype version of Airport Black is included in Berthold’s E1 from 1974 is incorrect. This catalog shows a typeface named Airport, but it’s an unrelated design, namely the typeface drawn by Matthew Carter in 1961 for the sign system at London Airport (now Heathrow).