Two Atlas portable typewriters have been given to me in the past few months by Canberra women. The first (serial number 702012) belonged to the parents of the woman who gave me the crinkle green model. Her parents had bought it in Aden, then a duty-free stopover, when they made the sea voyage from England to Australia as migrants in 1962. The second Atlas (serial number 702401), a cream model, also belonged to the donor's parents and had been bought by them in Hawaii on a trip overseas at about that same time. My third Atlas, one with black gull wings, has the serial number 708978.
The Atlas portables were made by Nippo in Japan, which went on to make the P100 (aka Morse), P200 (aka Argyle P201), P300, the Baby Alpina, Condor and Rexina.
A comparison of the innards of the Atlas and the Royalite
show them to be identical
The brochure below comes with the Graduate
(many of the images below are from
The Atlas also appears as the Cherryland, Orven, Elgin Collegiate, Del Mar and Wellon
Wellon was a US-registered trade name owned by the Nippo Machine Company of Yokohama, Japan. Nippo produced Japan's first portable typewriter, in 1961, beating Brother, Nakajima and Silver-Seiko to the punch. The Nippo-designed mask with gull-wings covered mechanics which started out in the Dutch-made Halberg and then moved into the Royalite, when Royal McBee took over Halberg in 1954. Mechanically, only the line space mechanism on the Nippo changed.