Discovery Letraset Dry Transfer Font - Folio Bold Condensed

RafalFett

Expert
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Update 10-04-2012
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It seems that this Letraset font was already known by some members to be the one used on the Pre-Pro #3 and ESB Hero helmets, but was never posted on the forums. I did a search on the forums for this font and all the results were negative.
I will resume this thread from a found font to a simple font presentation.
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I had in the past a first attempt to find the Letraset font used for the Pre-Pro #3 and ESB helmets, more specifically on the ears ==> ESB Helmet Decal Templates (this will send you to TDH). Although this find was close enough, it didn't gave me that whoa-like feeling.

But today I did an in-depth search on the net and after browsing some font types I found this font:
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(Note that the second image is an actual Letraset sheet with Compacta Light font)

At a first look it looks like the big winner, but all the first impressions went away after I did a quick comparison with the ESB ear fonts:
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Then when I thought that I have no luck with this, I found this... I will let the images to do the talk:
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A perfect fit!

Note that the last image belongs to the Pre-Pro #3 helmet because the T is no longer visible on the ESB Hero helmet.

The height of the font is 7mm or font size 19.92 in US and UK or 18.62 in Europe (or 26.45 pixel or 0.2756 inch). It seems that in the text editors the correct font height is 28pt.

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Update 03-04-2012
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Here is some additional information and a higher resolution image with the Folio font and the ear decals.

This is the site with the font preview and a short description ==> LinoType | Folio Bold Condensed

This image (compiled by me) is a part of a book found on Google Books which prove that this type of font was used as Letraset dry transfer:
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And the actual font for download in compressed ZIP format (for PC only?) at the end of the 1st post:
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And the hi-res image:
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Update 03-04-2012
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Here are some comparison images of the letters on the Pre-Pro #3 ears:
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Perfect fit on this too!

And the images with the Pre-Pro #1/Pre-Pro #3 and ESB jetpack letters:
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A comparison image between the Pre-Pro #1 and Promo #2 (AoSW/C-IV exhibits) jetpacks:
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You can draw the dots (•) in any text editor by holding the ALT key and then typing 0149 (in Windows only?):
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The left double arrow («) is drawn by holding the ALT key then typing 0171:
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The right double arrow (») is drawn by holding the ALT key then typing 0187:
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Update 07-04-2012
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I found an image (on Flickr) with a page from a 1966 Letraset Catalogue which shows all the fonts used for their products:
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I have other images from newer catalogues, but these are from late '70 to mid '80:
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Update 19-05-2012
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Just wanted to add two PNG files (A4 and LTR) set to transparency with the Folio Bold Condensed - Letraset replica for those who want to do an accurate job on their helmets and/or jetpacks:

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Remember to use the fit to page option when printing.

Have fun with these files!
 

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Ord Mantell

Supertrooper
It seems that this Letraset font was already known by some members to be the one used on the Pre-Pro #3 and ESB Hero helmets, but was never posted on the forums. I did a search on the forums for this font and all the results were negative.
I will resume this thread from a found font to a simple font presentation.
The status of this thread should remain a 'discovery' thread. Whoever discovers it on their own and shares it publicly first should get credit for a discovery. I know it's old news but thanks for freely sharing and presenting it so thoroughly. This is a superb example of how it should be done. Terrific research. Many thanks.
 

RafalFett

Expert
The status of this thread should remain a 'discovery' thread. Whoever discovers it on their own and shares it publicly first should get credit for a discovery. I know it's old news but thanks for freely sharing and presenting it so thoroughly. This is a superb example of how it should be done. Terrific research. Many thanks.

Thanks for the kind words!
 
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