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Ranwood Records logo

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Dec 27th, 2019. Artwork published in .
Ranwood Records logo 1
Source: jimsvinylvault. License: All Rights Reserved.

Ranwood is an “American label founded in 1968 by Lawrence Welk and Dot Records president Randy Wood. […] The label’s name is a contraction of Randy Wood’s name.” – Discogs

The logo uses caps from Fantail, set on a curve. The subline (“Records” or “Records, Inc.”) is in Craw Modern. According to Hans Reichardt, Fantail was released by the Johnson Type Foundry circa 1860. The face with horizontal contrast and flared terminals (fantails) also appears in Farmer’s 1867 specimen under the name Arcadian. In 1968, a phototype version was available from Photo-Lettering, among others. Richard Beatty’s Wanted RB (1991) is a digital version.

In addition to the logo, Fantail also is used for Ranwood’s slogan (“the ultimate in stereo recording”) – and the call to action (“send 25¢”) on the generic inner sleeve, see below. The cheap printing makes the hairlines appear much heavier.

Ranwood Records logo 2
Source: David Valenzuela (edited). License: All Rights Reserved.


  • Fantail
  • Craw Modern




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2 Comments on “Ranwood Records logo”

  1. Fantail is seen in an undated Harrild & Sons catalogue:…

  2. Cheers! I’ve added this info to the typeface page.

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