Tracking down old IBM fonts via the Fonts In Use archive @FontsInUse

IBM, making typewriters, had some distinctive fonts in their machines over the years. These days, there are those who are in search of electronic typefaces coming close or duplicating typefaces of old.

Fonts In Use is one such repository of fonts, an archive of typography. In one post, Stephen Coles looks at a 1972 manual for the EMS Synthi (first available in May 1971), which was a portable modular analog synthesizer made by Electronic Music Studios of England.

This handbook, presumably produced with an IBM Selectric typewriter, was written by Peter Grogono, a computer programmer who developed EMS software. The diagrams are captioned with IBM’s Script and Light Italic.

Script was designed in the 1960s for the IBM Selectric typewriter by John Schappler [Kosofsky]. It was revived by Bitstream in 1990 as Script 12 Pitch

Over on Twitter, Fredrick Brennan identified the seriffed text face as IBM Executive Modern and mentions that Cutive is a modern restoration.

You can read more on Fonts In Use. (via Twitter)


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