Silent Running - Valley Forge Cargo Module Logos

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  1. lunadude

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    I'm tracking down all the logos used on the cargo modules from Silent Running. The film was made using studio money and donated services and materials (in exchange for brand placement in the film).
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    Some I've tracked with the help of the film credits, and others through lots of screencaps. Many of these companies have either changed their logos since the early '70s, went out of business or got absorbed into another company.

    Here's the 18 I've identified so far.
    18_Logomodules_01c.jpg

    This is the credits listing at the end of the film.
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    And here are the ones that have eluded me. Naturally I'm looking to match fonts and colors, but some are too blurry to even make out.
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  2. Mike J.

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  4. franz bolo

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    Very cool! Never thought all of these would ever be made!
     
  5. lunadude

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    Looks like CONCORD are the folks that provided all the video monitors on the bridge and such.
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    I could not do an exact match on the font, but it is only a few letters so I built them.
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  6. franz bolo

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    I think the letters are rounded slightly on the top and bottoms. the R looks like it has a slight point at the bottom.
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  7. lunadude

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    Good eye. If this is true, they had two different type faces. I used a PDF of one of their manuals as my guide. No round corners or the spur on the bottom of the 'R'.
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    Can you email me the PDF?
     
  9. Osmotic

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    That's very cool, i'd love a set of those
     
  10. madmacs

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    A few weeks ago labeled a bunch of computers I have with starship names, in the fonts used to letter the ships. One of then was the Valley Forge.
    The font used for the side of the ship appears to be Arial Black, but the L's has shorter bottoms, and the G is slightly different, so I modified Arial Black to make it closer.
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    Here is the Original
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    It does appear the G may be a little more round on the side of the ship than mine.
    If you can Identify the original font, I would appreciate it!
     
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  13. lunadude

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    I am pretty sure the font is Futura Bold. You might check with Lee Stringer. He made decals for his Valley Forge Close-up panel build.
    http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=149627

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    Futura was a hot font in the '70s. I think there is a bunch used in 2001 and Alien.
    http://typesetinthefuture.com/2001-a-space-odyssey/
    http://typesetinthefuture.com/alien/
     
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  14. madmacs

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    Yes. Futura Extra Bold does indeed appear to be it.

    Typeset In the Future was what inspired me to do this project. I wish there were more of them!
    The keyboard for the Auto-destruct system in Alien was fascinating!
     
  15. lunadude

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    So the round orange star one, kinda looks like this? I count 26 points in the star and it looks like an 'S' and an 'F' in the middle. Any idea what that might be?
    attachment.jpg UnknownLogoPart-SF_1.jpg
     
  16. Mike J.

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    I was guessing that was "SP" for "Scientific Products." I have no way of knowing if my assumption is correct, however.

    "Scientific Products" is such a generic name that Google Image Searches are worthless. Even the US Patent & Trademark Office was not very informative. There's either 5 results, none of which are correct, or 500...
     
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    Could be and 'SP'. Hmm.
     
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    Nice work replicating the "SF" logo though :)
     
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    You'll need to make one with this on it too:)

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  21. lunadude

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    Oh, I got that one covered.
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    Thanks. Here's the 'SP' version.
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    Looks great!
     
  24. Mike J.

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    Pretty sure the font on the triangular logo is Futura bold as well.
     
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    Got an update. I contacted Spacelabs Healthcare. They were known as Spacelabs Inc. back in the '60s and '70s. They sent me some images, and the logo's fonts are all over the place.
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    SL_equipment.jpg
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    22 of the 24 identified.
    22_Logomodules_01.jpg
     
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    Here's one of your missing fuzzy's (Tektronix)...

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    There were variations, this one on a piece of equipment is a closer match.
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    You are welcome, glad to help! I have an old Tektronix 'scope cart that has the logo on it so I see it every day and it jumped right out at me from the blurry picture. So 23 of the 24 are identified, should make it easier to find the last one.

    p.s.: I'd be interested in buying a Tektronix one from you if you make an extra, please lmk.
     
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    Ok, so this is the last logo that eludes me.
    unknownLogo.png

    ????????????????
    THE CECO IND
    TFB CFCD IND
     
  31. DigiGal

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    Might try reaching out to Douglas Trumbull for the last one. The graphic below the letters looks like a mans head wearing a hat of corn cobs to me.
     
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    Looks like an elliptical globe, with another wireframe globe on top. Yeah, Douglas may be the key.
     
  33. DigiGal

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    After enlarging your capture, the graphic looks more like a woman's face/head rather than a man's but still wearing a corn cob hat or maybe it's just curls but I'm thinking it's an agriculture related industry.

    douglastrumbell.com gives a gmail address that may reach him directly but it might be filtered through his website representative. I'm guessing he'd remember and would be willing to provide you with the info and he'd probably be flattered by your reproduction of these.

    Were your captures taken from a blu ray or DVD?

    If these are physical models, I'm seriously interested in purchasing one from you if possible.
     
  34. lunadude

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    David Bates, in Facebook's Silent Running Fan Group, has identified the last one. It is F&B CECO IND, a film service company. There are some old catalogs on ebay and the logo is a match. Looks like they colored in the globe's continents.
    F&B_CECO_IND_01.png
     
  35. phase pistol

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    BTW, I recently discovered the font used on the "Geosylva Telopor" triangle is NOT Futura as most people think... it is in fact "Souvenir."

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  36. lunadude

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    Hmmm, can you show an example? To my understanding, Souvenir is a rounder and slightly serifed font, whereas Futura is a hard edged sans-serif.
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  37. phase pistol

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    True that the logo has Futura on the version on the miniature where the camera pulls away from Lowell in the window. But on the cargo pods, it's Souvenir. Note the thicks and thins.

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    Blurred to simulate the video image, the serifs start to get lost.

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  38. lunadude

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    Curious. I'll have to look into this further.
     
  39. Mike J.

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    Oh, there. I was looking at the black text near Lowell's head...

    Serifs are hard to make out on the screencap, but the difference in the stroke widths in the orange letters is very suggestive. Good eye!
     

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