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Old 31st May 2017, 06:36 PM
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For a long time I thought it was 'Dom Casual' but on closer inspection it's not a perfect match - the capital 'S' doesn't match for a start.
That's the best I can do. Maybe it was amended, as the Albertus font was altered slightly for 'The Prisoner'.
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Old 1st June 2017, 06:50 AM
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Here are 26 letters from the Stingray font, which I cut from the episode credits sequences by brightening the images up to remove the lilac backgrounds.

The "Q" was taken from the on-screen title for "Aquanaut of the Year".

Now, I know there are some lower case letters available in the end credits, an "n" and an "r" for most (Richard Best Jnr.), but for episodes written by Gerry and Sylvia, we also get "a" and "d". The Barry Gray music books seen in the soundtrack CDs spell his name in lower-case and uses this font too. The additional lower-case letters we get there are "b", "g" and "y".

But hopefully this image will help give an idea on what the font looks like, and maybe then someone here will know of a match. So far, I've been told Arab Brushstroke, Amber and Handy Casual are the ones, and some have even suggested "Simpson" and "Impress", but I have NO matches there.

I'm really keen to get hold of this font. Does ANYONE know what it is?

It's important to remember that this was before the days of digital fonts - the AP Films team were limited to Letraset transfers. Perhaps try browsing through some old Letraset catalogues?
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Old 1st June 2017, 03:58 PM
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It's important to remember that this was before the days of digital fonts - the AP Films team were limited to Letraset transfers. Perhaps try browsing through some old Letraset catalogues?
Thanks. That certainly gives me a goal, but it still remains frustrating that, of all the fonts used in the Supermarionation shows, Stingray's seems to the only one missing.
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Old 2nd June 2017, 05:53 AM
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Thanks. That certainly gives me a goal, but it still remains frustrating that, of all the fonts used in the Supermarionation shows, Stingray's seems to the only one missing.
It drives me mad, too. I've always thought it was Arab Brushstroke though...
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Old 2nd June 2017, 08:53 AM
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It drives me mad, too. I've always thought it was Arab Brushstroke though...
It's definitely the closest resembling one. Having autism, I tend to be rather picky with the details, though, and whenever I see a font I believe is the one, I then find out that something doesn't match, like the little bump above the S's and O's.

I believe the episode Tom Thumb Tempest has a different font altogether, as it doesn't match these ones at all.
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Old 19th August 2017, 09:52 PM
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I just noticed in some of my Fanderson CDs that Barry Gray used the typeface I'm looking for as his letterhead. The lowercase "A" and "R" match those from the show's end credits sequences.

Even so, I still can't identify it. I can't find any letraset catalogues that log it, but it's possible it's a filmotype typeface that Gerry and Sylvia brought back with them from America... why they would, I don't know, and I doubt they did, but there IS a Filmotype font called 'Filmotype Wasp', but I can't find any copies of the typeface online.

The name alone makes me wonder if they used it, but it's unlikely as no other typeface on the Supermarionation shows used typefaces named after the shows they did.

Maybe the typeface is lost to time or something; why else would Stingray be the ONLY show it appeared in, and why else would ITV and everyone else just use the typeface from the series title, 'Absolutely Fabulous', instead?

It's a shame, as all the other typefaces can be identified, so it just bugs me as Stingray seems to be the ONLY one unaccounted for.
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Old 11th April 2018, 06:54 AM
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Hey, I've just been looking into a series called "Telegoons", a puppet version of The Goon Show, and on their website, they showcase an advertisement for a doll of their Eccles character.

Take a look at the typeface. Beyond doubt, it's the same one used in Stingray. You only need to compare the "S" and you'll see:
http://www.telegoons.org/Images/TG_E..._doll_advt.jpg

This is sort of a breakthrough for me; while I STILL can't identify the font by name, it's nice to have several examples of the lowercase letters.

Perhaps Chris Bentley will know what the typeface is? After all, he made a subject out of it in his Vault book of Captain Scarlet.
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Old 11th April 2018, 10:27 AM
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Hey, I've just been looking into a series called "Telegoons", a puppet version of The Goon Show, and on their website, they showcase an advertisement for a doll of their Eccles character.

Take a look at the typeface. Beyond doubt, it's the same one used in Stingray. You only need to compare the "S" and you'll see:
http://www.telegoons.org/Images/TG_E..._doll_advt.jpg

This is sort of a breakthrough for me; while I STILL can't identify the font by name, it's nice to have several examples of the lowercase letters.

Perhaps Chris Bentley will know what the typeface is? After all, he made a subject out of it in his Vault book of Captain Scarlet.
Do you know what year it's from? Might help identifying letraset catalogues.
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Old 11th April 2018, 10:57 AM
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Do you know what year it's from? Might help identifying letraset catalogues.
The advertisement, according to the site, was dated May 1964.

I can't seem to find any letraset catalogues from that year though.
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Old 13th June 2018, 03:04 PM
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This is probably a dead thread now, but I would like to keep trying.

I was searching through a Doctor Who fan site and they had an advertisement in TV Comic for when the Doctor Who series was going to start there.

The typeface used to advertise it is the one used in Stingray. I recognised the S, along with other letters seen in the Eccles advertisement I previously shared here.



I cannot access any letraset catalogues from the 1960s, and any advertising posters I've seen do not show it.

Is there anyone here associated with Chris Bentley? Perhaps he might know what it is. After all, he covered typefaces for Captain Scarlet, maybe he knows something about the one in Stingray, or has contacts who do.


PS: Yes, I may appear a little obsessed with this subject, but the fact is that most of Gerry's shows have recognised typefaces used for episode captions and so on, still circulating today in the digital world. Stingray's is not. So if it IS a letraset typeface, it must have been pulled from the range around 1966, as TV comic were still using it as late as November 1965.

I'd be curious to know what the font is, why it was pulled, and if any samples of it exist so that it can be turned into a digital face.
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