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1928 Continental Standard Serial # 353446 1928 Continental Standard typewriter, Serial # 353446 Vlastimil Novak's 1928 Continental Standard typewriter. 2023-06-08 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Vlastimil Novak: 1928 Continental Standard Serial # 353446 I hope that this gallery would not be considered spam. This machine is not in mint condition or a rare piece. Honestly, it is scrap… But I find some sort of beauty in this rusty beaten piece of machinery. The story of this Continental begins with another writer of the same brand. I bought a 1923 Continental in great condition. But it was missing the tabulator lever. So, I bought this machine. The original plan was to use it as a source of spare parts for all my other Continentals. I take out the desired lever and make ’23 complete. After that, I asked myself: is this poor machine able to write? The only crucial missing part was the string which is pulling the carriage, and it was easy to make a new one. After some(really not so much) cleaning (I find hazelnut in it) and oiling… It came to life! Now, I really love this machine. I named it Schrottík, which is a German/Czech play on words, and in English, it would be Scrappy. The paint is original, no one bothered through years to repaint it. I like the way, how the keyboard is devastated. Beaten machines usually have rusty key rings or some broken glass, but this one is beautiful. I like that the missing A is replaced by V upside down, different key rings and letters, or N which is only imaginary. Another aspect to love is the machine's outcome. It is a really old "typewritery" with half-printed and jumpy letters.
Now, it is on display next to shiny "like new" machines and I am proud of it because, in some way, this is a unique machine.
Update, I now have a tabulator lever from another hopeless example of Continental standard to make this machine complete again.

1928 Continental Standard #353446

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Vlastimil Novak (Schrei112)
Created: 05-08-2016 at 09:15AM
Last Edit: 06-08-2023 at 01:59PM


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I hope that this gallery would not be considered spam. This machine is not in mint condition or a rare piece. Honestly, it is scrap… But I find some sort of beauty in this rusty beaten piece of machinery. The story of this Continental begins with another writer of the same brand. I bought a 1923 Continental in great condition. But it was missing the tabulator lever. So, I bought this machine. The original plan was to use it as a source of spare parts for all my other Continentals. I take out the desired lever and make ’23 complete. After that, I asked myself: is this poor machine able to write? The only crucial missing part was the string which is pulling the carriage, and it was easy to make a new one. After some(really not so much) cleaning (I find hazelnut in it) and oiling… It came to life! Now, I really love this machine. I named it Schrottík, which is a German/Czech play on words, and in English, it would be Scrappy. The paint is original, no one bothered through years to repaint it. I like the way, how the keyboard is devastated. Beaten machines usually have rusty key rings or some broken glass, but this one is beautiful. I like that the missing A is replaced by V upside down, different key rings and letters, or N which is only imaginary. Another aspect to love is the machine's outcome. It is a really old "typewritery" with half-printed and jumpy letters.
Now, it is on display next to shiny "like new" machines and I am proud of it because, in some way, this is a unique machine.
Update, I now have a tabulator lever from another hopeless example of Continental standard to make this machine complete again.

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Hunter: Vlastimil Novak (Schrei112)

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I am a passionate amateur mechanic from the Czech Republic, and I have always mesmerized by the complexity of typewriters since my childhood. The first one (Zeta 1501) was just a toy to me in the beginning, but by every year I got older I got also better at understanding how it is working and how to disassemble it and assemble it again. The second one was Ideal DZ33 which started my love for antique machines with all the chrome and glass keys.
My machines range from mint ones through a majority of well-used machines to piles of rust that I have repaired to be typewriters again which is a lot of fun for me.
I am quite obsessed with the beauty and technical genius of standard Continentals. I love how they were producing one model of a typewriter from 1904 to the '50s with constant changes in design and my goal is to collect every decal and every major variation of them.



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