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What typewriter font is used in this document?:

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If yes: Can I download a freely (as in freedom) usable font file for use in text editors ?

If no: Can I (or anyone) legally create a font for computer use, released freely (as in freedom), by shamelessly copying it from this document ?

Or something similar:

  • typewriter / monospace
  • modern (not those roundish, "some characters fall below the line" style)
  • like: most letters started out as "rounded edge rectangles"
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Have you checked on sites such as myfonts.com/WhatTheFont ? –  Lauren Ipsum Jun 27 '12 at 10:15
There are lots of free and commercial typewriter faces. That face may be a typewriter...though it also may be from an early dot-matrix printer. –  DA01 Jun 27 '12 at 20:54
Since the text is not rendered as text (but just as an image), and the text is quite blurry and ugly, there's a good chance this is a scan from an actual typewriter. –  poepje Jul 2 '12 at 14:20

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That is not a font. (Font meaning digital file for a typeface)

That is an actual typewriter page which has been scanned and then converted to a PDF. The PDF only contains Lucida, Lucida Bold, and Lucida Italic.

If You are merely searching for Typewriter fonts MyFonts.com has a large selection.

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Note that it dates from 1968 which was well before the advent of mainstream digital typography. –  e100 Jul 2 '12 at 13:56
Font doesn't mean digital file for a typeface. I've worked with my dad in the days before computers when typesetting meant someone arranging bits of metal in a wooden frame. Back in those days we used the word "font" to refer to fonts. A typeface is a collection of fonts of the same family. Another way of saying it is that "font" is a typeface with a specific weight and style. So no, that's not NOT a font. –  slebetman Feb 24 at 2:28
This is why I explicitly added the parenthesis. I realize that in the days of hot type the word "font" was used. In this context it refers to a digital file though. –  Scott Feb 24 at 2:44

This looks a lot like Artisan which was an IBM Selectric Typewriter Ball typeface. The typefaces could be changed by swapping the ball.

Check this specimen:


I suspect some of the blockiness in the PDF is from a low resolution black and white (threshold) scan and ink bleed on the paper.


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I don't think that's a match. The "2" and "3" and some of the punctuation don't quite match. –  Ananda Mahto Jun 27 '12 at 15:47
I don't think it is a perfect match either, that's why I said "a lot like." The 2 is pretty close, the 5 is very similar (and distinctive). But for sure, there are some differences ("GO TO" looks different). –  horatio Jun 27 '12 at 16:43
The "y" also shows a clear difference: the tail of the "y" in the document curves, while Artisan's "y" has a straight tail. Also, "I", "B" and "D" in the document have serifs, while those in Artisan do not. Still, nice find. –  Ilmari Karonen Jun 27 '12 at 20:52
Other than both being typewriter fonts, they are pretty dissimilar. –  e100 Jul 2 '12 at 17:03
"specimen", nice ;) –  poepje Jul 3 '12 at 13:00

Magda Clean Mono Regular is similar, but it ain't free !

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Good similar recommendation, but not the same font. I would go with @Scott's recommendation of finding something at MyFonts. –  Ananda Mahto Jun 27 '12 at 16:01

Surprised at the low level of response here. It is quite possible to convert a physical, mechanical typewriter font to a digital font: http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/tw-fonts.html

What's posted in the query is an unwitting 'typecast'. Welcome to The Typosphere: www.typosphere.net

The font used above is Techno: http://offountainpenstypewriters.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/mysterious-hermes-3000-techno-pica.html

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+1 for Techno Pica. The sample you link to doesn't quite exactly match the one used by Dijkstra, though; the "3" and the "5" in Dijkstra's letter look like those from ordinary Pica. Still, it's a far better match than any of the others so far. –  Ilmari Karonen Aug 16 '12 at 21:24

This font http://www.fontsaddict.com/font/albertsthal-typewriter.html is very similar to the one in the document.

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Acutally that is pdf converted from image. With this tool you can find out which font is that.


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