(x) The Beatles "Revolver" - (similar to) Grot 9 {Richard Hards}

vink's picture


I need to know which type is used for the "Revolver" writing on the front-cover of the Revolver LP from The Beatles. I am no pro so I am completely lost with this.

You can see the cover here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Revolver.jpg

Can somebody plz help?!



devisionbell's picture

Helvetica? Perhaps even Helvetica Squooshed™?

Rani's picture

Yeah I'd say Helvetica, it's easily recognized by the captial Rs where the leg of the R on the right hand side hooks out just at the bottom.

vink's picture

Wow that was fast!


Stephen Coles's picture

Whoops, not Helvetica. The type in question has noticeable stroke contrast (see the V and O), of which Helv has very little. There was also not a lot of squooshing going on in the pre-digital days.

Neue Helvetica 77 Condensed Bold

Helvetica Inserat

We're looking at a gothic that's possibly not available digitally, but here are some options:

Bureau Grotesque Three Five

Bureau Grotesque Three Seven (closest I can find)

Similar: Gothic No. 13, Gothic No. 4

devisionbell's picture

Yeah the O had me wondering if it was Helvetica. I did not spot the V though, nice catch.

Richard Hards's picture

I would have thought, putting it into historical/geographical context, that it was more likely to Stephenson Blake's Grot 9


privateortheris's picture

Would have been Typositor set originally - and maybe a bit "starved". There were loads of cuts of "Grot 9" floating about back then - plenty of typesetters cut their own versions from specimen books. Grot 9 is bang on for period.

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