In the early 1970s, I found the 1971 album, New Testament by the Ventures, in a cut-out bin. What interested me was what was on the back: a blue pencil rendering of the title lettering with notations on the ellipse size and degree. At the time I was a graphic design student at Arizona State University and had never seen anything like it. Compared to the finished lettering, there were a few changes: the lowercase "e" is uniform; the "s" connects to the "e"; and the lowercase "n" has a vertical stroke. Presumably, Robert Lockart did the lettering, too.
(Next post on Monday: Rosebud)