|Antares Portable Typewriter gallery. Photos by Tilman Elster and Will Davis.
As mentioned on the previous page, there were a large number of body shapes, styles and colors offered under the Antares brand name over the years. Here is a gallery showing literally all of them we have available to show!
|This shot from Tilman Elster shows an Antares, which displays no model name or number (which does occur several times in the Antares line) and might best be identified by the "D" prefix to the serial number. It is thought that this is the earliest body style offered by the firm, although the Parva (seen next) might be concurrent.|
|Here are two Antares Parva machines; Tilman Elster's on the left is slightly earlier than mine (above.) This is the classic Antares machine, with snap-over fiberglass lid, trim styling and the "star" emblem in the top cover.|
|On the right is a machine believed to be an Antares Compact, although this again is not certain. It is very similar to the Parva in overall profile and shape, yet clearly is also not identical. It adds two more character keys.|
|Tilman Elster's Antares Capri is shown at left. This machine is, again, similar to the machine seen immediately prior but does incorporate changes. The number and kind of features, though, are the same.|
|At right, Tilman Elster's interesting Antares 135. Note that the ribbon selector has moved to the front, and is above the keyboard on the right side. Note also that this machine has the spring-steel type-bar rejector seen on some, but not nearly all, Antares machines. It is in a body that is larger overall than those seen above.|
|Above, Antares Compact 33, and on the right, Antares Compact 223, both from Tilman Elster. There is an uncanny resemblance in the body to certain Olivetti machines, and it seems as if the two companies were in league after a time -- which is not known.|
|If one were to ask for better proof that Antares and Olivetti were linked, then the Antares Lisa 30 at left (from the Tilman Elster collection) should do it. Yes, this machine has the body styling developed for the Olivetti Valentine, but interestingly is not sought out by collectors (and neither is the later, slightly simplified Olivetti Montpi, which is also roughly similar to the Valentine.) Note that the ribbon selector is above and to the right of the type-bar segment, and is of the style seen on the very earliest Antares machines.|