The SOM1-01 manual claims to be from 1954 but it contains the font Helvetica which wasn't
created until 1957.
For example, look at this section of page 4 of the manual -
Now here it is with the Helvetica typeface next to it and layed over top.
That lines up pretty good considering it's a piece of paper being photographed at an angle and the paper isn't completely flat.
majicbar posted a link
to a .pdf file that claims, despite showing any visual
evidence to back it up with,
that Franklin Gothic and Square Gothic are better matches than Helvetica to what's in the SOM1-01 manual.
After comparing the different fonts I can see why they didn't include a single example.
Here is the same text in the Franklin Gothic and Square Gothic typefaces for comparison.
You can see that Franklin Gothic is thicker than the type in the manual, and various characters have different features, such as the E,R,O and 1.
Square Gothic is thinner, has different spacing, and the E,R,A,S,C,G,D,P,O and 1 characters look noticably different.
I won't go into all of these characters, but one of the key indicators that the font used is Helvetica is the R's.
The right side of the Helvetica R has a rounded tail, while the Franklin Gothic and Square Gothic R's both have a straight tail.
The R's in the SOM1-01 manual are the same as the Helvetica R's.
Another indicator that Helvetica was used is the 1's.
Square Gothic is missing the curve at the top, Franklin Gothic has it, but it also has the extra pieces at the bottom that aren't seen in the SOM1-01
Only Helvetica has a similar 1 to what's used in the manual.
Can we put this silly manual to rest now and move this to the hoax forum?
[edit on 11-5-2010 by freelance_zenarchist]