One of the final details of the On Golden Pond Boats is the lettering. And when you do that with a very famous boat. You bring in the best in the country. Alan Johnson. And of course art takes over science. Until Frank “CSI” Miklos gets involved as well. When we brought the boats back to the attention of the world, we were amazed at how original they were. Mariah was a time capsule never being touched after the filming. Frozen in Rotted bottom time. So the lettering on her is relatively easy. So was the thinking on Thayer IV U-22 1460 the main picture boat. I mention main picture boat because as it turns out the movie frame from one scene told a different story than the boat in its found state. Turns out through a keen eye and OCD the gang was able to figure out that at some point after the film, Thayer IV 1460 was re lettered. Here are the images to back up the case.. Your honor..
Lets start with what the transom we found looked like.
Insane you think.. oh thats just part of it. One question is, did the angle of the film and distortian of film being shot from a helocopter effect the transom image. .. The snaps dont lie.. Those crazy snaps! Never have some stupid snaps meant so much. But.. To just make sure. The folks at katz’s took a matching angle shot to line up and check.. Did they rent a chopper to do it. I would not put it past them at all.
Now on to lettering. The following images are of Alan Johnson doing his thing. Science did its job.. It’s time for the artist to do his magic. MAGIC JOHNSON does lettering!
Stay tuned for more lettering as Mariah the US mail boat gets her day in court!