Imagine how disappointed I was –  after ordering a copy of Which? Magazine December 1962 – Portable Typewriters – to receive this …

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…  a copy of Which? Magazine December 1961 – Electric Cookers. A subject so bland, an image of two boys playing with a model racing car set is shown on the front cover (racing car sets are also reviewed in the same issue).

To his credit, the eBay seller was very apologetic and quickly sent me the correct issue …

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At the risk of repeating information already provided by Rob Messenger in his Which Magazine 1962 British Consumers report on Portable Typewriters post, here’s my personal take – focussing on 5 typewriters in my collection – 3 of them among the 5 typewriters cited as “best machines to choose from” …

 

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Grouped with the Hermes Baby, the Groma Kolibri, and the Olympia Splendid 33 as one of the lighter, smaller portables, the Antares Compact (£22 15s) was described as “less well constructed” (true) …

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From my collection, LP44 (196X Antares Compact)

Along with the Antares Compact, the Groma Kolibri was described as having “several inconveniences and faults” (true) …

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From my collection, Groma Kolibri 1959

At £26 5s, the Adler Tippa (together with the Beaucourt Script, the Olivetti Lettera 22, and the Imperial Good Companion) was described as “the best constructed of the more expensive machines” (true) …

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From my collection, Adler Tippa 1961

At £23, the Olympia Splendid 33 was adjudged Best Buy and “as well constructed as any of the more expensive portables tested” (true) …

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From my collection, Olympia Splendid 33, 1961

At £26 10s, the Olivetti Lettera 22  was put forward as an alternative Best Buy “if you want to spend more for versatility” (true) …

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From my collection, Olivetti Lettera 22 (Glaswegian) 195X

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the Jackson Highline 494T and the Creda Mercury Super Four tied for Best Buy Electric Cooker 1961  …

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But then you’re probably more interested in the remaining pages of the portable typewriter review …

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