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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Six Consul Portable Typewriters from Czechoslovakia (Šest Consul přenosné psací stroje z Československa)

Above and below: The Consul 232
(The fawn Consul 232 was sold in Australia by Heine Brothers (Australasia) Pty Ltd
as the Majestic and the Highness)
Below: Consul 231.2
Below: Consul 231.3
Below: Consul, unidentified model
In response to a comment from inkleaves about the typing feel of these machines, I have added in a few scans here, but please excuse the quality of the ribbons, as I didn't get to putting any new ribbons in these models: 
I also used to own the 'Pacific' Consul on the right below.
These 231s were also marketed as the 'Waverely' in Australia.
Novel Prize-winning author Patrick White's 'Optima' Consul
The Consul 232 as a 'Simplex', above, and a 'Highness', below

Some other Consuls (models I don't own):
(Apart from the two Australian brand names mentioned above for the 232 , Consul portables and semi-portables were also sold as: Admiral, Baldwin, Bianca, Brigitte, Brilliant, Carola, Cavalier, Claudia, Commodore, Libelle, Marion, Norwood, Optima, Pacific (in Australia), President, Simplex, Speedwriter and Speedwriter Collegiate, Viscount and Waverley (in Australia).
There may be other names of which I am unaware.)
Model 233?

6 comments:

inkleaves said...

I love the look of curvy blue and grey consul. How do you find the typing feel? Someone described it to be similar to a Royalite. The latter has a typing feel that I find a bit "clacky". The metal badge at the top looks really cool too.

Richard P said...

Děkuji vám za tuto zajímavou průzkumu modelů.

shordzi said...

Já jsem hlad. Musím jíst nudle polévku. And it's great! I wasn't aware they came in such vivid colours. Btw also the Monpti is a Consul.

Robert Messenger said...

Thank you inkleaves, Richard and Georg. Hey, Georg, have you been at the noodle soup again? Thanks for the info on the Monpti, which partially solves yet another mystery.
Richard, did I detect the word "research" in there somewhere?
inkleaves, I should have gone to the trouble to scan in some typing last night, but didn't get to it. Sorry. I have now added in a few scans. All of these machines type very well indeed, without a trace of clackiness or clankiness. You are right about the clankiness of the Royalites, though.

Max Tomlinson said...

I have inherited a Consul portable typewriter from my mother. One problem - the return won't return! That is, it won't stay on the right when I swing it across. The spring is OK but I can't stop the return from swinging all the way to the left. I hope someone can give me a simple tip to fix it.

Max Tomlinson said...

I have inherited a two-tone grey Consul portable typewriter from my mother. One problem - the return won't return! That is, it won't stay on the right when I swing it across. The spring is OK but I can't stop the return from swinging all the way to the left. I hope someone can give me a simple tip to fix it.