Seeking the name of a font used in Apollo NASA documentation and some early shuttle documents as well.


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from SSME Pocket Data Book

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From Apollo 12 / SA 507 Flight Manual

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    $\begingroup$ This is probably OT here; font ID questions are common in the Graphic Design SE. $\endgroup$ Feb 5, 2020 at 18:42

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MyFonts' "WhatTheFont" tool can match a font from an image. It suggests Erbar Medium Condensed. I would have thought it was a Futura, but the S and M look more like Erbar.

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    $\begingroup$ Wonderful! I've wondered this for years, but just thought to ask. And thanks for the link to the tool. $\endgroup$ Feb 5, 2020 at 18:41
  • $\begingroup$ after seeing this comment (which isn't the case) I don't want to give its author the satisfaction of seeing me accept my own answer. Is there any chance that your answer can be adjusted to satisfy the question in a general way, at least as a "proof of concept"? Your last comment leaves you in the air on a parabolic arc headed towards the gorge of eternal peril, never a good thing! $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Feb 23, 2020 at 6:11

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