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Evolution Of Car Logos

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Ryan
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  2. pastlane
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    Very cool! I love old art & graphics, the new stuff is just too sterile and impersonal.
     
  3. Fasterthanu
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    I wish they still had the style of the 1903
     

  4. ditto!
     

  5. very cool stuff , thanks..
     
  6. Don't know how you do it, another great topic and very interesting site.
    Thanks
     
  7. G V Gordon
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    Amazing how similar the 1912 logo is to the later thunderbird symbol. Neat site.
     
  8. Hans
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    Very cool.

    I always thought that the Audi logo was a result of their all-wheel drive prowess.

    I like the real story better.

    I am kinda surprised there is not documentation on Chevrolet.
     
  9. revlawhorn
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    i love all these, they are so cool looking. i'd have to say my favorite though is the 1920?'s logo chevrolets with the eagle on top and the black bowtie.

    they should really bring that back.
     
  10. DrJ
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    The 1912 one is interesting...

    A winged pyramid?

    Was Ford a Mason?
     
  11. FiddyFour
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    awesome!

    tell pops thanks, love the different buick and caddy crests
     
  12. FiddyFour
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    indeed he was
     
  13. Sutton
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    Here is a link for more information about the Ford logo.
     
  14. Bitchen. I dug some of the earlier Buick stuff. Pontiac?
     
  15. The script is C.H. Wills' signature... he was an engineer at Ford. There was a guy in our Model A club who used to tell us Wills was his uncle... don't know if it's true though.

    I also think there was a block letter Ford badge... I remember in the 80's, I think it was...

    Sam.
     
  16. 57dodge
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    FORD...circling the problem since 1912:D
     
  17. Just as we have thousands of fonts on computer today, fonts were available to graphic artists of the day, and the Ford script was one of the popular fonts available in the day. I doubt it was a signature because of the broad and varying strokes.
     
  18. Jaker
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    very cool!

    I dig the 1953 Caddy logo with the the six birds called the merlettes

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Old-Soul
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    no love for Chevy?! :(

    very cool, thanks Ryan
     
  20. ig'nant
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    Very cool find!

    Caddy needs its crown back.
     
  21. Frank Jonkman
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    Somewhere I read once that the 'bow tie' used for the Chevrolet logo was a design that was pirated from wall paper in a Paris hotel by Louis Chevrolet's wife.
    Id on't know if this is entirely true or not, but I remember reading it once and thought it was interesting.
     
  22. Kirk Hanning
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    Correct me if I am wrong but I heard from more than 1 source that Chevrolet's bowtie was from a design on wallpaper seen in a hotel room in France by one of the company's early "bigwigs".
     
  23. myke
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  24. TOE
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    Awesome, I love seeing this stuff.

    My favorite is the 1911 Buick logo.
     
  25. autobilly
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    This is a very interesting thread, don't we all love history. I especially enjoyed the info. on Buick and Caddy.
     
  26. haroldd1963
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    Very Interesting!
     
  27. Here's my take on the Bowtie... Durants daughter doesn't know what she's talking about, his wife knows the truth, and Durant himself was trying to cover his ass for copyright infringement by saying he got the idea for the bowtie from a French hotel instead of stealing the idea from an ad he saw in the newspaper!

    Sam.
     
  28. A quick snipit of trivia I found out last summer was Ford produced only one year with blue letters, white oval. I believe it was 1921 or 1923.

    Rick Kirk is an avid Ford guy around these parts. He has one of those signs in his museum. That's how I found out.

    Reverend Jake
     
  29. Petey
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