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Ferreo Cuore Inactive Member26 Mar 2018 5:40 a.m. PST

Looking for decals of: Data 70
Created by Bob Newman in 1970, Data 70 is a pixel perfect font common to retro computer game packaging and early, sci-fi pulp fiction.

It is the one from classic movies like Rollerball, et al, and looks like this:


Much thanks!

Ghostrunner26 Mar 2018 6:41 a.m. PST

Maybe google search for ‘Ogre font'?

Lonkka1Actual26 Mar 2018 6:52 a.m. PST

Why not do printable decals yourself?

Ferreo Cuore Inactive Member26 Mar 2018 7:24 a.m. PST

…because I don't know how???

If I did, why would I make this posting???

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2018 7:31 a.m. PST

Is that the same font as MICR, Magnetic Ink Character Recognition, used for the routing and account numbers on checks?

I have never printed decals myself, but I have seen decal paper sold by the letter-sized sheet at hobby stores. I don't know if you need a special printer or ink.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2018 9:48 a.m. PST

I believe Letraset makes transfers that are extremely similar.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART26 Mar 2018 3:46 p.m. PST

Yep, it's a MICR style font. Some call it "IBM' or "computer" font but it's MICR. MICR was designed to be read on a tape head as well as the human eye. Back in the 60's it was considered to be futuristic looking and all that. Nowadays, optical readers don't need a magnetic helper to read checks. Sorry 35-40 years in the biz…

Tony S27 Mar 2018 2:48 p.m. PST

Nowadays, optical readers don't need a magnetic helper to read checks.

Where I work we still print thousands upon thousands of MICR bills every month. I'm honestly quite puzzled as to why our customers still feel the need to use magnetic ink. Inertia I suspect.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member27 Mar 2018 4:47 p.m. PST

Could Omniglot have some, perhaps?


Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2018 5:26 p.m. PST

Printing your own decals is really simple. Even I can do it.

Get a decal printing kit, sold at many hobby shops, train shops are good sources too.

Then you essentially put the paper in your computer printer, print the decal and spray it with sealant. Then apply like regular decals. You can't usually print white or gold or silver but there are work arounds.


This rather old article has a good overview.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

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