|The LASFS Coat of Arms|
by Fred Patten, based on information from Forrest J Ackerman, Rick Sneary, and Bruce Pelz -- and from Forry's collection of LASFS fanzines and general s-f newsletters from 1940 and 1941 that I read in 1976 while researching the Worldcon's history. I hope I have remembered everything correctly. Any corrections will be appreciated, and further details should be found in the fanzines of 1940 and 1941 and added to this.
While the LASFL was a Chapter of the Science Fiction League , the SFL's emblem was the club's emblem. This was shown clearly in full color on the covers of Wonder Stories of May and December, 1934 and on the SFL's enameled membership pin. (Forry Ackerman was still wearing this regularly through the 1980s and 1990s. I assume that many more LASFen had the pin in 1940.)
When the club seceded from the SFL and declared itself the independent Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society at its meeting of March 27, 1940, it sent prior notices to all the fannish newszines and major fanzines of the day, like Fantasy Fiction Field and Fantasy Times, describing in detail such trivia as why the club chose the name Science Fantasy Society instead of Science Fiction Society, etc. At or shortly after this time, the LASFS announced a fandom-wide contest to design a new emblem for the reorganized club. Obviously the club's motto "De Profundis Ad Astra" already existed since it was required to be included. Only one entry was received, from Roy V. Hunt of Denver's Colorado Fantasy Society, in 1940 or 1941. But it was so complete that the LASFS approved it without any change. Looking at the LASFS coat of arms from the top down:
Click here to see a large image of the B&W LASFS coat of arms.
Click here to see a large image of a colorized LASFS coat of arms (based on Tim Merrigan's colorization).
Colorizing the LASFS Coat of Arms
by Fred Patten (reprinted from APA-L #2254)
When I had the LASFS coat of arms made into paperweights umpty years ago, I was authorized to figure out what colors it should be instead of just black & white.... My colors were approved. Tim Merrigan and others made their own variations without bothering to follow the approved colors exactly.
The Marketing Committee's Version
In the early mid- 2000's, Michael Bloom took a copy of the coat of arms version then in use on lasfs.org, made a number of modifications in Photoshop to make it look cleaner for use on a T-shirt, and created T shirts for himself and several other club members. In April of 2006, Arlene Satin saw him wearing one, and asked him where he got the T-shirt. When he told her he'd made it, she asked if she could have a copy of the artwork, and this version has become the official version used by the LASFS marketing committee.
The Science Fiction League's coat of arms
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