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Old 10-25-2002, 05:54 PM
The Real Rex The Real Rex is offline
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The Mountain Symbol for Paramount

I recently read a question which asked 'which mountain is used as the symbol for paramount pictures' to which Cecil failed to come up with the correct answer (even the greatest must fail) i believe i have the answer and i am suprised cecil did not get it. I think you will find its the Matterhorn in Switerzland. It has very the famous characteristics of having three joining arete peaks forming a 'pyremidal peak' - a do find this odd as paramount is an American company and you think they would have chosen a mountain from the rockies?!?! anyways, feel free to disagree but im pretty sure that is correct. Cheers Rex ;j
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Old 10-25-2002, 07:53 PM
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Hi and welcome to the SDMB! It helps if you include a link to the column.
What mountain is depicted in the Paramount logo?

The old logo.
http://www.mini35.co.uk/italian_job/paramount.jpg

The new logo.
http://www.paramount.com/

The trouble with proving it's the Matterhorn is figuring out which face it's showing. Yeah, the Paramount logo and the Matterhorn are both big pointy mountains, but I can't find anything offhand on Google Image search that exactly matches. You want to go look?

http://images.google.com/
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Old 10-26-2002, 09:55 AM
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i researced on google for all of 5 minutes and found this link

www.geo.unizh.ch/~heller/DTM/

i think its a pretty good angle and you can clearly see the famous amazingly sloped side and the incredible steep opposing side. i think this is a pretty good picture to help my case, and the text also suggests to me that it is the mountain.
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Old 10-26-2002, 05:12 PM
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Well, they're similar, but not identical. Your picture distinctly shows the peak pointing to the left, while the Paramount peak does not.
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Old 10-27-2002, 11:34 AM
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Ummmmmm.... That can be resolved merely by rotating it on the vertical axis.

I think a case can be made that the Paramount mountain was "inspired by" the Matterhorn.
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Old 10-27-2002, 05:02 PM
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I still don't see how these look similar, but I don't see many mountains, so I guess I don't have much of a basis of comparison. On both mountains, the left side is smooth. On the Paramountain, the right side has little subordinate peaks along its face. On the Matterhorn, there's a big old bite taken out of the right side. I can't see any way to rotate these and resolve it.
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Old 11-04-2002, 09:34 AM
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I always thought it was based in the Matterhorn as well - it's a REALLY impressive mountain, and it's image would stay with you for a long time after having seen it - kind of what the movies are going for, isn't it? Short of speaking to the original artist, though, I guess there's no way to know. I do not, however, think it IS the Matterhorn - they are clearly different mountains.
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Old 11-06-2002, 02:47 AM
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Since some think it is the mountain Ben Lomand in Utah, has anybody found a picture of that mountain to compare? My search was empty - no pictures.
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Old 11-10-2002, 08:55 AM
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I'm certain that this has been discussed before--especially the Utah connection--but I can't find anything in the archives. There were even pictures of the mountain.
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Old 11-10-2002, 07:41 PM
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Here is a reference to William W. Hodkinson doodling "an image he remembered of a mountain peak from his childhood in Ogden, Utah."
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