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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.
interesting point Kevin
do you have more details for Dudley Rees.
Is he still alive?
Any chance to contact him
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.

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.


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.

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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