Thursday, April 7, 2011

Typecast: A muted celebration

Hermes Baby and armchair

Typecast 7411 
Mint green Hermes Baby

Although I took the picture in natural light and I know very well it is a pale green, it still looks off-white to me!

Hermes Baby close-up

You know the odd thing? We took off the ribbon cover and tried to fit it on the bald typewriter - and it didn't fit! This one is just a hair larger - we're guessing different production years and probably also different manufacturing plants entirely (the much later Hermes Babys, of which baldie is one, were made in Brazil). Very interesting.

9 comments:

  1. Great homage to a great first line in your first line. P&P is one of my favorites. Don't worry about not posting more, it makes the posts that happen all the more special.

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  2. 100 posts of pure high quality content, gentle lady!

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  3. A very fine typecast. Just post when you're motivated and have the time -- this shouldn't be a duty. And we will check in when you do!

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  4. Your posts are high-quality and that beats quantity any day. Don't worry about the natural ebb and flow of the almighty Typosphere.

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  5. ...sooooo, maybe I should slow down from my one-a-day? Your posts are ALWAYS worth a read and you are a good ambassador (ahem) for we EuroTypes.

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  6. Happy 100th. I'll likely still be reading when you hit 4 digits.

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  7. Quality through and through, Adwoa. The complete opposite of my own typecasting efforts:) Its always a joy to read your updates, whether daily, weekly or monthly!

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  8. You are all much too kind! I will do my best to earn your continued virtual companionship :-)

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  9. Hi Adwoa! Interesting story and machine, conveyed through a beautiful text, as always :)
    The difference between the parts of two machines manufactured so widely afar from each other, on possibly quite different machine-tools is normal and must be expected. I haven't spotted any Brazilian made late Babys around here yet, but a Spanish acquaintance of mine has a minty grey one, with a Portuguese language keyboard, and complete paperwork in Brazilian Portuguese. He got it in Valencia from a small store selling all sorts of retro stuff. I guess the machine was left behind by someone who needed to type in Portuguese, as (according to the said person) Brazilian Hermes Babys aren't common at all in Spain. But I would like to know more on Brazil's typewriters as I just managed to introduce a Brazilian friend to the joys of typewriter use and collecting.

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