Checkmate, by Bob Quinzel for phototype studio Schaedler, is a fairly unusual typeface with an uncertain date of origin, other than its appearance in a 1976 Lettergraphics catalog. This use for a 1974 sci-fi paperback tells us it’s at least older than that specimen. The typeface is well suited for tight-and-touching spacing, as is demonstrated here.
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Here’s the page from the Schaedler catalog where I’ve found the Bob Quinzel design credit.
Courtesy of Ray Cruz.
Some other pages in this binder state ©1966 and ©1968, but there’s no date for Checkmate. It was definitely designed before 1974, though: In 1973, Photo-Lettering, Inc. adopted Checkmate for their library and included it in their Advance Showing #21.