United Airlines 1950 airplane typography

se1danp's picture

Differs from the logo from that era, the sides of the planes have additional United on their sides in a different typeface. Saw it in an old film and am curious as to if anyone knows what it is. Seems like Futura, but the e and the t are cut differently. See attached image of the font on the airplane. Cheers!

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donshottype's picture

Fine picture of a D-3. Otherwise not a lot to go on. So we are looking at lettering created at some time between the 1940s and mid 1950s. The best candidate I can suggest is Twentieth Century Condensed Ultra Bold Italic

designed by Sol Hess for Monotype between 1936 and 1947 http://www.identifont.com/find?font=Twentieth+Century+Condensed+Ultra+Bo... and http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mti/twentieth-century-mt/

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