Julien Clerc logo and album art (1968–1970)
During the first years of his career, French singer-songwriter Julien Clerc (b. 1947) used a wordmark composed from ornamented caps. It appeared on all original French releases until 1970.
Originally shown by Jean Midolle in his lettering sampler Spécimen des écritures modernes (1834–1835) as Romaine (genre arabesque), the letterforms were redrawn by Armin Haab and reproduced in Lettera 2 (1961). This showing was likely the source for the artist’s logo. Only in the mid 1970s, the alphabet was adopted by Mecanorma, the French manufacturer of rubdown type, as Lettres Ornées C. [Edit: Mecanorma’s adaptation was launched already in 1967, and is a more likely source for this application than Lettera.]
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