ID this early 1970s typewriter font

ivandurakov's picture

Any ideas?

Sye's picture

what makes you think this is a typewriter font?

ivandurakov's picture

It appeared on copy of an obviously-typewritten document.

Mark Simonson's picture

Could be Century Expanded from an IBM Selectric Composer. It was basically a typewriter, but it had proportional fonts and was often used for typesetting low-budget publications and documents. Century Expanded and other common typefaces were available for it.

http://ibmcomposer.org/SelComposer/description.htm

Sye's picture

thanks mark, i was unaware that there were typewriters with proportional fonts.

Mark Simonson's picture

Just barely. They usually had something like a four-unit spacing system, meaning that there were four different possible character widths.

I worked with a low-end phototypesetter back in the Seventies that used only four-units. Even the high-end systems (such as the Linotype V.I.P.) were usually only 16-units per em. We are so spoiled.

ivandurakov's picture

Please see my followup topic for further discussion (with new attachment).

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