That darned PDP font

schoedel at schoedel at
Mon Aug 9 14:43:47 CDT 2010

> > This probably comes up every other year or so, but I am looking for
> > the font used on older DEC literature.  It may or may not be the one
> > used for the actual PDP11 logo (only three character examples there ;)
> > but it is the one used on the covers of the old Handbooks, like this
> > one:
> >


My impression was that he was not referring to the |d|i|g|i|t|a|l| logo, but
rather the circle-based style used on the rest of that cover.

I've spent some time off and on (but apparently not "on" in the last four years)
on a re-creation. I started with the outline version, because there are larger
samples available in the chapter headings of those handbooks, and when I last
left off had completed a draft of the alphabet (lower case only, of course),
most punctuation, and a couple digits.

I have never found any matching commercial fonts. In the outline form, adjacent
letters overlap by the stroke width, so they were obviously not set in metal
type, but those books are late enough to have been phototypeset.

Kevin Schoedel <schoedel at> VA3TCS

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