14 Sep 2013

A Flat Continent(al)

194X Continental 200 501679










"There is no sacrifice of convenience when using a Modell 200." I sound like an ad writer using his second tongue. XD

Sent from my new Continental 200

15 comments:

  1. That's a very, very cool little machine. I like it! And the Hungarian keyboard makes it a very interesting choice.

    Have you emailed Georg about the history of the machine yet? If it appears on his site, he must know a fair bit about it.

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    1. Less of a choice, more like, if you find one take it!

      See his comment below. :)

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  2. This is a rather cute machine. I like it! I have one Continental myself, but (of course) that's a 340. Haven't really dusted it out yet. This 200 is a lot more my taste!

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    1. Well, a 340 is definitely a better typing machine from what I understand. And rarity isn't what's most important to me. I just love to type. XD

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  3. Whoa. A rarity. Minimal yet elegant. An impressive addition to your collection!

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    1. I hesitated to use the word elegant in my description, but now I think it is deserved. It is an elegant solution for the problem of needing to print words on paper. :)

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  4. Well hello Nick, nice to see this machine surface again, and in the good hands of a typospherian. Very nice photos also. I agree on your description of this little gem. It had a short production span and limited marketing only, it never found its way in the major typewriter textbooks such as Ernst Martin, or Adler for that matter. Yours included, I now know of 9 Conti 200s. Exotic keyboards are Hungarian, Finnish, and I recently acquired one with Bulgarian keys. In World War II, all three of them states within Nazi-Germany's sphere of influence. Switzerland is a case apart.
    Hopefully we will find out more about this little typer.

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    1. It was neat to find out that you already knew about the very machine I'd just found. I'm indebted to your research for all I know about this 200.

      Have you found any other papers mentioning it other than the ads on your site?

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  5. A nice machine - and very excellent photos, of such high quality I feel as if I've seen the machine first hand! Thanks for showing it to us.

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    1. Thanks! I love photographing and typecasting about my typewriters because not only do I get to show them off, but I get to know them better in the process. :)

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  6. Congratulations on the fine machine. I like its nice clear typeface.

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    1. Agreed. I hope that the larger Continental portables share the typeface. :)

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  7. I would take that one on a plane for sure.

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    1. Shame there's not a Transcontinental airline any more!

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  8. The austere, stripped down look is almost anti-aesthetic. I doubt it could ever date. Great find, keep on rambling.

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