Font ID "Crystal Gardens"

sinise's picture

Can anyone identify this font?

It's from a vinyl record of the US Air Force performing jazz tunes. The record is from the 70's to early 80's - I wouldn't expect the font to be any newer than 1984.


riccard0's picture

It looks like it’s lettering, not a font.

Mark Simonson's picture

...except it was a font. It's an old TypeSpectra face from 1975 called Opulent. There were two weights, light and bold. This one is Opulent Light. I don't know of a digital version.

riccard0's picture

Holy alternates, Batman! Those As and Rs have fooled me.

Mark Simonson's picture

There were several alternates for most letters. Not very well drawn, in my opinion.

sinise's picture

Wow! Thanks a lot...

Shame it never made the transition to the digital world - I actually really like it - haha!

Can you point me in the direction of anything very similar?

Thanks again!

DPape's picture

Ahh but they did! Torsone, Arley-Rose/Bondonidust-Regular

sinise's picture

Wow - that's crazy. Thank you, DPape!

How did you even find that?

That artist's work is also pretty amazing & cool story behind the whole thing too.

Mark Simonson's picture

FYI, Opulent is credited to Phil Martin (the guy who started Alphabet Innovations and TypeSpectra). However, after Phil died in 2005, I heard from one of his former associates who said that some faces that Phil took credit for were actually designed and/or drawn by others in his employ. He stated that Opulent actually may have been designed by George Bain, or that he at least drew it.

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