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1955 Consul 1511 Serial # ZP-48553 1955 Consul 1511 typewriter, Serial # ZP-48553 Saul Bryan's 1955 Consul 1511 typewriter. 2023-11-17 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Saul Bryan: 1955 Consul 1511 Serial # ZP-48553 The second of my Consul's, and also an unusual early-serial variant. The logo is stamped into the paper table at the back. It has green keys but randomly they have degraded in what looks to be a drama with the plastics. I only got this yesterday, and it is still filthy, so enjoy all the dust bunnies you see!

Things I find interesting about this machine are the logo position, for a start. Next, there is this extra panel around the left and right edges of the keyboard. The keys are plastic and shaped like later machines, but do not have the cream coloured highlights for the shift, tab and (i think?) margin release. The removable wire paper holder is missing, sadly, as well. The circle on the ribbon cover might have been a sticker a previous owner put on there, or a dealer one, or possibly it was the Z in a circle? A mystery then. The magic margin levers do not have the red M stamped in them, they are plain. Has metal rollers on the paper bail. Has some liquid paper and mild sub-surface rust in places but overall the crinkle paint is in good condition.

Types fairly nicely, but not as nice as my other Consul. The lowercase L is very badly out of alignment, so that just the very top of the letter marks the page. The line lock is hit or miss, and the ribbon reverse doesn't seem to trip when it hits the rivet (technically I understand this is called the "reversing clip"). So it needs some work.

1955 Consul 1511 #ZP-48553

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Saul Bryan (Saulysw)
Created: 11-17-2023 at 08:50PM
Last Edit: 11-17-2023 at 11:02PM


Description:

The second of my Consul's, and also an unusual early-serial variant. The logo is stamped into the paper table at the back. It has green keys but randomly they have degraded in what looks to be a drama with the plastics. I only got this yesterday, and it is still filthy, so enjoy all the dust bunnies you see!

Things I find interesting about this machine are the logo position, for a start. Next, there is this extra panel around the left and right edges of the keyboard. The keys are plastic and shaped like later machines, but do not have the cream coloured highlights for the shift, tab and (i think?) margin release. The removable wire paper holder is missing, sadly, as well. The circle on the ribbon cover might have been a sticker a previous owner put on there, or a dealer one, or possibly it was the Z in a circle? A mystery then. The magic margin levers do not have the red M stamped in them, they are plain. Has metal rollers on the paper bail. Has some liquid paper and mild sub-surface rust in places but overall the crinkle paint is in good condition.

Types fairly nicely, but not as nice as my other Consul. The lowercase L is very badly out of alignment, so that just the very top of the letter marks the page. The line lock is hit or miss, and the ribbon reverse doesn't seem to trip when it hits the rivet (technically I understand this is called the "reversing clip"). So it needs some work.

Typeface Specimen:

Photos:

Hard to photograph, but that "Consul" is silver metal finished. The circle on the ribbon cover is mysterious - was it once the Z with the gun barrel? Whatever it was, all that is left is a patch of unfaded paint.
Hard to photograph, but that "Consul" is silver metal finished. The circle on the ribbon cover is mysterious - was it once the Z with the gun barrel? Whatever it was, all that is left is a patch of unfaded paint.

You can see the Consol logo was stamped thru from the back.
You can see the Consol logo was stamped thru from the back.

Keys all original, and randomly they have degraded. It is like someone stuck them in the oven for a minute. They are actually ok to type with though.
Keys all original, and randomly they have degraded. It is like someone stuck them in the oven for a minute. They are actually ok to type with though.

Note the panel running along the side of the case. My other consul does not have this, and I don't know if later ones do too.
Note the panel running along the side of the case. My other consul does not have this, and I don't know if later ones do too.

The only number key to discolour is the 4. Why? I have no idea.
The only number key to discolour is the 4. Why? I have no idea.


Bent lever and slotted panel, unlike the later straight levers. And again that extra panel running down to the spacebar.
Bent lever and slotted panel, unlike the later straight levers. And again that extra panel running down to the spacebar.


Note the return lever style, and the knob too.
Note the return lever style, and the knob too.

The 1,2 markings here are noticeably deeper cut than on my other Consul machine.
The 1,2 markings here are noticeably deeper cut than on my other Consul machine.


I noticed the segment has some numbers on the top.
I noticed the segment has some numbers on the top.

Made in Czechoslovakia. Yes, I looked it up.
Made in Czechoslovakia. Yes, I looked it up.

Serial number where the magic margins are, under the paper table flap.
Serial number where the magic margins are, under the paper table flap.

Good luck reading the sticker. I can't.
Good luck reading the sticker. I can't.

On the case base. Is this month - year? So 1955?
On the case base. Is this month - year? So 1955?


A bit tricky to open. Previous owners instructions.
A bit tricky to open. Previous owners instructions.

Hunter: Saul Bryan (Saulysw)

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