Has anyone ever seen a Contin? It's the typewriter I will probably NEVER use!Is the Contin no more than the French version of the German Continental? Conventional wisdom would have us believe that's what it is.
This is a 1922 ContinentalI don't think it is. To start with, Contin is actually short for Continsouza (as in movie projectors, rifles), not Continental.
What's more, if it is a French version of a German typewriter, it's much more likely to be an Ideal:
Image courtesy of Georg Sommeregger
The Ideal model C
But I'll let you be the judge.
When the Contin was launched in August 1922, it got extensive coverage in US trade journal Typewriter Topics, without any reference to the Continental or the Ideal. Topics' 1923 typewriter history has an entry on the Contin which makes no connection with Continental or the Ideal.
Ernst Martin, however, gives Contin as one of many model names for the Continental, without referring specifically to France. This may have led to Dirk Schumann's serial number database listing the Contin as a French Continental. Martin doesn't, as far I can make out, mention the Contin in his Ideal entry.
Typewriter Topics, 1922Michael Adler has an entry on the Contin without mentioning the Continental or the Ideal.
Leonhard Dingwerth doesn't mention the Contin in his chapters on Wanderer-Werke of Schönau (Continental) and Seidel & Naumann of Dresden (Ideal), but elsewhere lists the Contin as a French machine.
The Iberia. See Richard Polt's comment. I don't think I'll be shipping one in from Spain or France!