LH526
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Pan Am Blue

Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:48 am

Hi,

for an upcoming publication I would need the EXACT brand color of Pan Ams 1960s globe logo.
Any Pantone or official reference colour would be perfect. Everything I got so far is something that is vaguely blueish and comes in RGB .. not the best base to start from. (Pan Am trains only got the modern lighter blue logo, they couldn't help me though)

Thanks a lot & best regards!

Mario
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crownvic
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RE: Pan Am Blue

Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:26 pm

LH526...Your going to have a real difficult time with this because there really is not any official colors for Pan Am, especially during this period. As you know, Pan Am's blue had multiple changes over it's history. Even in the 1960's, the 707's had varying shades of blue. Part of the problem was a/c were painted in various locations with different paint suppliers. I know this for a fact because I have been through this exercise trying to figure out this same riddle. Remember, things like Pantone did not exist back in the 1960's and color matching was not 100% accurate. On top of this problem, marketing departments frequently held information on company colors for the blue that may have applied to baggage stickers, timetables, stationery, etc., but these same colors were not necessarily what were on the aircraft. This is a common problem even with today's airlines. Good luck!
 
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RE: Pan Am Blue

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:16 pm

Quoting Crownvic (Reply 1):
Remember, things like Pantone did not exist back in the 1960's and color matching was not 100% accurate.

I always remember the boarding passes and ticket folders being a lighter shade of blue, more towards the shade they used for their giveaway bags.

Quoting LH526 (Thread starter):
for an upcoming publication I would need the EXACT brand color of Pan Ams 1960s globe logo.

How close is R:51, G:156, B:224 to what you have? That seems very close to the globe color from that era.

I'm sure I have something hanging around here I could try to match up to my Pantone chart, but it would probably be in the lighter blue.
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carduelis
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RE: Pan Am Blue

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:31 pm

Being a Printer in my former life, from memory of those glorious days, I always felt that Panam logo was the same colour as the bold 1964 BOAC logo. If you propose to publish something, you should be thinking of the CMYK palette.

BOAC was 100C 0M 0Y 0K. Your Panam 51R 156G 224B colour roughly equates to 90C 15M 0Y 0K, so it is not far off the BOAC colour - just that 15% magenta making it just that little bit darker.

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