Saturday, August 7, 2010
Hermes Baby Orange Portable Manual Typewriter (1970s)
The bright orange of this machine would not have worked with my usual orange-sheeted background, so here we have it depicted on a dark wood table. This is the exact same generation as the white Hermes Baby I had previously, except this comes in a much more fun hue. In fact, I saw the original advertisement for this same typewriter when I visited the Perrier Typewriter Museum in Lausanne a couple of months ago, and I did not hesitate to take a picture of it:
Talk about retro tech! Anyway, this took quite a bit of elbow grease to get it cleaned up, but after several hours with cotton swabs, tweezers, and polishing paste, we managed to get the old girl looking spiffy again. You can tell it's seen some good use; the paint has worn off the space bar quite a bit.
Otherwise, it's in fine mechanical condition and ready for a new owner who will put some more mileage on her. Come to think of it, it has been a while since I offered up a machine for sale, so here we go.
The font on this machine is elite, 12 characters per inch, but she types fairly well, especially after we installed a new dual color ribbon.
The matching case is also bright orange and is in excellent condition.
Despite my initial doubts, I'm pleased to report that there has been a decent level of interest in the typewriters I have offered to my fellow Geneva inhabitants. Here's to hoping the typewriter comeback is not limited to just the States!