(x) Standard font on 45 RPM record from mid 1960s - Futura (aka Twentieth Century or Spartan) {Viviane, Ray L, Mark S}

gojosh's picture

This image is of a record that my Dad's band made in the 60s. It's the only image I have -- sorry about the resolution. I'm recreating the album, and would like to know (mainly) what the main body font is for the title of the music. Any other fonts on the record would be helpful as well. The second image is a reference that's clearer, using the same font.

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gojosh's picture

PS -- it doesn't appear to be Avant Garde, Century Gothic, or Futura. But those seem to be in the ballpark...

eliason's picture

Tempo maybe? (That'd be fitting for a record!)

gojosh's picture

Indeed -- unfortunately not -- Tempo is a compressed face. This is more in the geometric sans family - notice the round Gs. The A and the N have "clipped" tips, so that narrows things down quite a bit. In terms of overall shape and weight, Century Gothic Bold seems quite close, minus the clipped tips.

vivicity's picture

Given the time period, my vote would go to good ol' Futura. There were many many variations as every typesetting company came up with their own version.

For the number 3 and Joker I would start at Bodoni italic.

eliason's picture

Pre-digital, Tempo was available in uncompressed widths - it was essentially one of the variations on Futura that vivicity mentions. There's more info on it posted by Mark Simonson in some old Typophile threads like this one.

Ray Larabie's picture

I think that's 20th Century Bold.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Could be. Why Twentieth Century over Futura? Where are the differences? There are so many Futura versions.
The tight spacing of ‘ck’ in Jackson possibly suggests a German origin, no?

Ray Larabie's picture

Something about the 5 seems Twentieth Centuryish. Then again, the 2 might not have the Twentieth Century "overhang".

Mark Simonson's picture

I would say it's either Futura (if it was hand set), Twentieth Century (if it was set on a Monotype caster), or Spartan (if it was set on a Linotype). The latter two were near copies of Futura. The differences are small.

gojosh's picture

Thanks all -- Twentieth Century is a dead ringer typodermic -- well done.

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