The iconic record cover for the Ramones’ first album features a photo by Roberta Bayley. The photo on the back cover is by the Ramones’ artistic director Arturo Vega, who very possibly also handled the layout and typography.
In hindsight, Franklin Gothic – which has been referred to as “the blue jeans of typefaces” – could not be much more fitting for this album that has since become one of the most influencial American rock albums of all time.
Set as large as possible for the cover, the tighly-spaced all-caps Franklin was also used as a logo for other Ramones material, including later album covers.
The typeface on the back cover and interior is very similar to L&C Hairline with most of the differences appearing in the lowercase. It may be a modified version of L&C Hairline or another ultra-light phototype-era interpretation of the Kabel.