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Not my battle, but someone at the Adobe Typography Forum is trying to figure out what typeface was used for the Bata logo. Anyone? Thanks!
Looks a lot like Eclat but not quite
ah ha. and the fun/"fun"/sad/"sad" thing about that - the client is not going to tell the guy what typeface was used for that logo. David Hamuel
There's another typeface out there that looks like Eclat, just can't think of it. Dang, it's like a song that gets stuck in your head..... In the neighborhood is Schlager, from Fountain. www.fountain.nu/catalogue/schlager.asp
The other possibility is that no specific font was used. I know that logo has been around for a long time - I could easily believe it was more than twenty years ago that I first saw it as a kid. Is it possible the letters were drawn explicitly for the logo? I'm not a graphic designer, but I have to assume that happens/-ed, especially in the days before digital type.
Based on some of the 'artifacts' displayed on the Bata Memories web site, I'd have to agree that the logotype has been around for much of the company's existance and is probably was originally a hand-drafted design. http://www.batamemories.org.uk/ On a related note, check out the rather wonderful variation of the typeface used in the masthead of the company newspaper from the 1940's: http://www.batamemories.org.uk/batarecord.html
Hmmm... If I was about to jump into a fit of oblique cajoling, I think I'd want to start with Eclat instead.
For those about to balk, we Salut you.
Found the typeface that was bugging me. Not super close to Eclat, but... It's from the Dover script book... it's called Elvira.
the logo is by hand. based on Jolly Roger & Jolsen Soprano. David Hamuel
Not the same, but with a little oblique cajoling and a large whip you could bring Salut to work. ;^)
Didn't I say Eclat? Oh. Silly me.