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Used on a 1980 Tour shirt

any ideas?

compacta is very similar but C and 1980 are no match

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after searching for hours in my books and catalogs, i found the original font 
Black Tulip was released later than my showing
It seems to be a knock-off 

Original name is Jodrell (comes in 2 weights), Alphabet Photosetting, UK, 1979

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That makes much more sense.

 

Perhaps Dudley Rees, the designer of Black Tulip, had a hand in creating Jodrell Bank? He was active during that era in the UK, and might have been involved in branding for the observatory.
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interesting point Kevin
do you have more details for Dudley Rees.
Is he still alive?
Any chance to contact him
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Unfortunately, Mr. Rees has proved elusive.

His only other typefaces (Caroloine and Emma, outline/shadow/italic and solid/upright versions of the same design) date from the mid-70s, and I can locate no information about him beyond what I found on Fonts in Use.
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I'd guess Jodrell Bank is a custom typeface for the observatory which is still using the style for their logo today. I like Kevin's theory about Rees contributing to the commission and then adapting the letters for Black Tuliup later.

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Jodrell Bank website does not use Jodrell Bank typeface, also their logo isn't set in 

Jodrell Bank condensed, but it's Soehne Schmal bold by Klim Type.

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What I meant by "style" is the same genre, not the same font. The use of the very new Söhne is likely an evolution from the earlier typeface.
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I thnk we have a Frankenfont situation here. The numbers (and the C) seem to match  ITC Black Tulip, except there is one small problem—the typeface has a release date of 1997. The rest does appear to be Compacta.Bold.

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