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Door Sign Reference

Started by Scarfwearer, May 14, 2009, 03:14 pm

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May 15, 2009, 09:07 pm #15 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:12 pm by scarfwearer
Quote from: doctorwho8 on May 15, 2009, 07:42 pmTimes Rowan?  Are you watching Rowan and Martin's Laugh In again, Crispin?
Bill Rudloff

LOL! Rowan and Crispin's laugh-in - my son is called Rowan, so I keep mistyping it...  :D



May 16, 2009, 11:29 am #16 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:13 pm by scarfwearer
OK, here's a snap of the 'all calls' TYJ. Notice that the first half is letraset or similar of Times New Roman, but the 2nd half is like they ran out of transfers and is hand painted.


I think this propogated from this point on - i recall the Richard E Grant press photos had a black telephone panel with the same mix of fonts but printed. (Also the lintel signs were white text on black, which I think was where the Ed Thmoas look was lifted from. Must try and locate the pictures).
This is lifted from this picture:


A keener eye should be able to tell whether this is the mark1 or the mark 2. I don't know the specific differences, but this pic is from around 1987 I suspect - the door handles are black.
Regarding the Altered Brachaki telephone panel: this was clearly hand painted, but I approximated the following from a blow up of a photo of the panel (from Space Pirates I think):


Can someone shrink the dims of this and/or PDF it? I used this to get vinyl letters cut for the Ealing box:



EDIT: Shrunk pic as requested....


May 16, 2009, 02:10 pm #17 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:13 pm by scarfwearer
Many thanks for these, Pete. One of those pics will make a better top sign reference also.



May 16, 2009, 03:20 pm #18 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:14 pm by scarfwearer
I think the Hudolin panel font is Della Robia BT or very similar - the 'U' in Public is different for example.




May 16, 2009, 03:28 pm #19 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:15 pm by scarfwearer
On the subject of whether the 'all calls' panel appeared on the mk1 or mk2 TYJ, I've just found this pic. This is from Colin's costume debut press shoot, which dates it at 1984 - the panel here is the 'all calls' variety.



May 16, 2009, 07:48 pm #20 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:15 pm by scarfwearer
Pete, your first pic dated 1987 was the MK II box.
Bill Rudloff

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May 17, 2009, 09:03 am #21 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:16 pm by scarfwearer
Looks like he's trying to wrench the door off :S
In the cities in the streets there's a tension you can feel,
The breaking strain is fast approaching, guns and riots.
Politicians gamble and lie to save their skins,
And the press get fed the scapegoats,
Public Enema Number One.


Sep 07, 2009, 08:33 am #22 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:16 pm by scarfwearer
i can see the rear window through the gap between the door and the frame, and it looks like the sign box is slightly tilted


Sep 07, 2009, 05:32 pm #23 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:16 pm by scarfwearer
A few grabs of the phone panels used on the Yardley-Jones and re-dressed Newbery box. The 'all calls' panel has either been amended at some point or there were two panels in existence. Notice the difference in the word 'PUBLIC' on the middle and right phone panel. The one on the left is the original Yardley Jones phone panel.


Sep 07, 2009, 09:03 pm #24 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:17 pm by scarfwearer
I agree; if you look at the position of 'USE' relative to 'PUBLIC', you can clearly see they're two different signs.  Maybe they mislaid one?

zbigniev hamson

Sep 27, 2009, 09:37 pm #25 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:17 pm by scarfwearer
Here's a version of the "Brachacki Altered" phone panel that I made for my 1/6th scale model. It's a pretty good likeness, even down to the totally asymmetrical spacing, but the font for the italicised text at the bottom isn't perfect.


And here's one of the reference images of the original that I used.



Sep 27, 2009, 11:36 pm #26 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:17 pm by scarfwearer
Thanks for these! What fonts did you use?


zbigniev hamson

Sep 28, 2009, 12:11 am #27 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:17 pm by scarfwearer
I used fonts from www.fontshop.com, and according to my notes....

"POLICE TELEPHONE" is written in 'Alternate Gothic No2 OT Std", but I squashed it slightly vertically to make it less tall.

"FREE FOR USE OF PUBLIC" and "URGENT CALLS" is in 'Alpha Bold OT Std'


And finally "PULL TO OPEN" is in 'Maurea Bold Italic Caps TS" (although I can't find this specific one on the site now), but that also had to be skewed around a bit to make it look more like it.

They rather helpfully have a preview function on the site where you can type what text you like in and see how it looks, so I was able to type various things off the signs and then browse through the fonts and see which mimicked it best.


May 15, 2009, 12:55 am #28 Last Edit: Feb 06, 2010, 05:19 pm by scarfwearer
NST Door sign PDF.  http://www.geocities.com/doctorwho8_a/DoorSign.pdf
Fonts are Times Roman and VAG Rounded Thin.
Bill Rudloff


I thought I'd put up the Newbery-like door sign that I used as a first version. I notice now that I used 'AND' instead of '&' in the spelling, so it's not strictly accurate, but it'll do as a placeholder until someone volunteers a better one.


The PDF is here: Scarfwearer's Newbery PDF.