Re: Tram number founts [Was: WANTED]
  Andrew Cook


'Fonts' is the Americanisation of the English spelling of the word 'founts'.. The numerals on tramcars varied from system to system. I assume the numerals in the earlier days were painted on by sign-writers, who followed a particular style used by the system concerned. I don't think the numerals painted on trams were based entirely on actual typographical founts. The stick-on numerals on Australian trams today are probably typographical, and I think the former MET used Helvetica Extra Bold numerals on its trams at a guess. Sans serif anyway!


Andrew Cook (a former hand compositor).

From:tramsdownunder@... tramsdownunder@...> on behalf of Mal Rowe mal.rowe@...>
Sent: Friday, 11 May 2018 5:28 PM
Subject: [TramsDownUnder] Tram number fonts [Was: WANTED]

Hi Dean,

I'll be at the Adelaide Museum in late May and can probably help, but I
think you need to be a bit more specific.

If you want the details of the font for a tram system, you need to
specify which era - and sometimes which trams.

Here's today's pic of a "Sydney 8" ... amongst other numbers.

Mal Rowe

On 8/05/2018 8:09 PM, Tram Gunzle wrote:
> someone with:

> - a digital camera of at least 10MP

> - steady hands

> - a measuring tape

> - access to STM

> - time to take detail photos and email them


> Also, ditto for Adelaide trams with 7, 8, or 9 in their fleet number.


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