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.
Less of a choice, more like, if you find one take it!See his comment below. :)
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!
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
Whoa. A rarity. Minimal yet elegant. An impressive addition to your collection!
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. :)
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.
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?
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.
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. :)
Congratulations on the fine machine. I like its nice clear typeface.
Agreed. I hope that the larger Continental portables share the typeface. :)
I would take that one on a plane for sure.
Shame there's not a Transcontinental airline any more!
The austere, stripped down look is almost anti-aesthetic. I doubt it could ever date. Great find, keep on rambling.
I just acquired a Continental 200 and got it serviced. I was wondering, does your bell make a distinctive ding! as like any other typewriter? I note my bell is almost non-existent, the ding, on this model sounds more like a thud. I'm confident in my repairman - he's repaired over 50 machines for me - but whether its a intrinsic design or not, you would be the best to ask.