Headline Font (1960s or 1970s)

ceo_muller's picture

Hi, i'm looking for an ID on this headline font. Assume that it must be from a US newspaper but couldn't get it yet.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Kabel Heavy (variation)
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The headline refers to Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, who in November of 1975 chose not to run for reelection as President Gerald Ford's running mate in the 1976 US presidential election. (Ronald Reagan was governor of California from 1967 to 1975, and he ran against Ford in the 1976 Republican primaries.) Oh, and the font is Kabel Heavy, horizontally compressed. In 1975, it was most likely done in Photolettering.

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Thank you Mojo. I thought of Kabel, because of the "R", "C" and "E". But "Y", "S" and "e" look quite different to Kabel Heavy. Kabel Black has similar proportions in "S" and "Y". Does anyone know of a special version of Kabel Heavy?

Since you know the political context of the headline, maybe you know as well the newspaper that used the font? I took the screenshot from Errol Morris documentary "The unknonwn known" where he often layers microfilm headlines over the images. There are more passages where the font can be seen, so i assume they must have taken them from a quite bit national/international newspaper.

Dpane, which duplicate do you mean? The entry on http://typophile.com/node/3673 that goes to Tempo? I cannot see the original image, plus Tempo seems not right either.

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Rolf, this is a rough approximation of what was done, using a screen capture of a modern digital Kabel Heavy and compressing the width to 75%. In the 1975 headline, some characters (for example, the O) are more compressed than others, but since headlines set on a Visual Graphics Phototypositor were manually imaged one character at a time, it would have been possible for someone to adjust the width of the characters individually. There are some differences between the modern digital version and the sample (the stroke ends on C and S, the bowls on R and P, the apostrophe), but those may be variations between the old Photolettering design and the new digital design.
I’m sorry but I don’t know any more about the source of the headline in the documentary.

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