Otis Redding - Tell the Truth - FONT ID

Danny_Miller's picture

Looking for an ID on the serif font used on this classic 70's cover.

All my best,
Danny

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donshottype's picture

OK, so we exclude fonts designed after the 1970s. The G does not fit Rockwell or Stymie, but does fit Adrian Frutiger's Serifa [1966] http://www.myfonts.com/search/serifa/fonts/
and his Glypha [1977] http://www.myfonts.com/search/glypha/fonts/
Scale is small so some guessing.
As for width, this was the era of photo lettering when shrinking and expanding of fonts for LP covers, books etc. was common.
Then again, this might be something else?
Don

osamu's picture

I haven't got a match, but I give you a slightly larger specimen. This one clearly shows the slightly rounded terminals and ball on the /r, ruling out Don's suggestions, unfortunately.

oldnick's picture

Looks like a faux typewriter face...

donshottype's picture

Larger image helps.
Perhaps a version of Monotype Typewriter [first issued in 1911-12] http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mti/typewriter-mt/
photographically compressed?
Don

bojev's picture

If you run it through Find My Font you get all sorts of Typewriter faces - take your choice.

donshottype's picture

Hi Bob, yes there are lots of current digital typewriter fonts that are a close match. The request was for an ID for the font actually used for the LP label.
Hi Danny, if you want a close modern match no problem in giving you something.
Don

Danny_Miller's picture

Don - that would be fantastic! Can you e-mail it to danny@hightidenyc.com?

many thanks!

donshottype's picture

Hi Danny, as for private e-mail, I prefer to share my info with all readers of this forum.
In terms of reproducing the letter forms and width in a clean text, i.e. not a distressed, worn or aged typewriter style, I like ITC American Typewriter Cond or Cond Bold http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/itc-american-typewriter/cond/ http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/itc-american-typewriter/cond-bold/ If you can use a font editor to blend the two fonts 50-50 you should end up with a demi-bold weight that is really close to your sample. Joel Kaden and Tony Stan created this proportionally spaced typeface in 1974, four years after release of Tell the Truth. BTW, for the best Otis song "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" you need another LP. Another candidate with almost the right weight, but not quite as close in letter forms and too wide, is Italian Typewriter Bold by Leonardo Di Lena for Flanker http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/flanker/italian-typewriter/bold/
Don

Danny_Miller's picture

Don,

Thanks so much for the suggestions! Sorry I misunderstood you, I thought you were offering to send me the actual font files. Many thanks for all the type options!

Danny

bojev's picture

Back in the 70s we did most heads with phototype and you had all sorts of control on weight and slant etc. using optical means meant some of it was not a "given weight" but something one off for the job.

donshottype's picture

Thanks for the note Bob. Happy to learn that I am not merely passing wind when I pontificate on font morphing in the phototype era.
Don

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