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vwestlife
April 7th, 2016, 01:49 PM
Does anyone know the name of the jaunty italic font IBM used on their PC/XT/AT-era boxes, manuals, case badges, etc.? It is notable for the ascender on the "p" and the "r" that almost looks like a "v".

http://i63.tinypic.com/feew5f.jpg

http://i68.tinypic.com/1xylx5.jpg

modem7
April 7th, 2016, 07:47 PM
In case it is better than nothing:

Refer [here (http://www.minuszerodegrees.net/temp/3/xtvg745yhgf38g530.jpg)]. When recently looking at the similar typeface on the box of an IBM memory card, the closest font that I found installed on my Windows 7 box was 'Book Antiqua'.

krebizfan
April 7th, 2016, 08:56 PM
Garamond has a more extremely open "r" especially in italics. https://www.linotype.com/1574535/stempel-garamond-family.html

Venetian style typefaces were very popular with many subtle variations. This list includes Garamond and Palatino and Book Antiqua and probably about 50 other similar typefaces from the various major foundries.

Trixter
April 7th, 2016, 09:06 PM
Good catch. The lower-case "a" is a dead ringer for Garamond Bold Italic.

Is there odd kerning/style/whatever for the capital letters in the IBM typography? They look odd to me.

vwestlife
April 7th, 2016, 11:10 PM
Is there odd kerning/style/whatever for the capital letters in the IBM typography? They look odd to me.

The capital letters are less italic than the lowercase letters. Also not all of the vertical strokes are at the same angle, giving it more of a calligraphic appearance.