Thanks to the recent chance discovery of a mention of Valinka at the excellent and informative ‘Fonts In Use’ site I have actually managed to put an actual name to the font used for Gustav Šeďa’s funky design for the sleeve for her singles from 1974 to 1977. Here is the base of that design with the ‘Zhurnalnaya Roublennaya’ overprint removed, which I was thinking of using for a ‘fantasy LP’ cover for her singles recorded in 1973, since that Vilém Sochůrek photo dated from that year.
This would have been the rear cover of that ‘fantasy LP’, with another work by Vilém Sochůrek.
It’s called ‘Motter Alustyle’ – designed by Othmar Motter and released in 1972, so fairly new to the scene at that time.
I also happened, at ‘Fonts In Use’, to stumble across the ‘Davida’ font – designed by Louis Minott in 1965 – used, with the 1972-vintage photo taken by Luboš Svátek, both for the sleeves of her singles from 1971 to 1973 and for the ‘Singly (1969 – 1973)’ Supraphon compilation album, with a slightly modified top left-hand corner – the ‘To je léto’ (‘It’s Summer’)/‘Synu můj’ (‘Son Of Mine’), ‘Oči nelžou’ (‘Eyes Don’t Lie’)/‘Říkáš pořád, jak ti na mně záleží’ (‘You Keep Saying How You Care About Me’) and ‘Tak měj mě rád’ (‘So Just Love Me’)/‘Mít aero a létat’ (‘To Have A Plane And To Fly’) sleeves you see here being taken from my own copies.
Wouldn’t you know, furthermore, that when Mieko Hirota, who, like Valinka, had recorded a version of Bobby Hebb’s ‘Sunny’ and Salena Jones, who, also like Valinka, has the birthday of 29th January got together at the Zlatniyat Orfey (Golden Orpheus) festival of 1973, ‘Davida’ was the font chosen for the cover of their album of recordings taken at the Zlatniyat Orfey! So, I simply had to make these my first use submissions at ‘Fonts In Use’!
I would absolutely love, however, to know what this font used is – with photos respectively by Luboš Svátek, once again and by Vladivoj Burjanek – both for some singles from 1973, including my copy of ‘Pojď jen dál’ (‘Just Come On’)/‘Sbohem, školní bráno’ (‘Farewell, School Gate’) and for the cover of the ‘Valerie Čižmárová’ LP, since that might have been the closest Valinka got to a ‘brand’, as such.
So, what is the the font I currently simply know as ‘Question Mark’, I wonder!