From an ebay ad.
It says it is the 1909 version.
Is that true?
Here is the first print ad for the new Model T.
You see the real Ford script in this adv.
Saturday Evening Post, Oct. 1908
It seems yes, if you are in another part of the world, from a German web site, Evolution of cars, logo link.
I'm beginning to think there was a certain amount of "artistic license" taken regarding this logo over the years.
Wonder who came up with the script to begin with. Maybe a secretary, Ford himself or?
Long time Ford associate and employee (1899-1919) Childe Harold (C.H.) Wills.
He dabbled in calligraphy and came up with the font that was used in the script.
Later he left Ford and started his own auto company,
Wills Sainte Claire
My understanding is that the font came from a little printing set Wills had as a boy and brought it to Henry's attention.
I always heard the font came from his children's toy print set. Who knows, but it is always interesting to share the lore.
I didn't mean he actually designed the font- by "..came up with..." I inarticulately meant he found or discovered an existing script and brought it to Henry's attention.
I had always heard the toy printing press origin story too.
So, does the font have a name and is the whole alphabet available so i can do my letterheads in Ford script?
Its an antique discontinued font, no exact matches. C.H. Wills had an old printer type set he used.
Here is a font made to be close to the Ford script type :
(Message edited by Dan_Treace on April 09, 2017)
Boy, ol' Chill Wills got around.