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1954 Hermes Baby #5359345


I learned a lesson today. A machine sold "as is" suggests there might just be something wrong with it. Duh. The carriage slides with ease and the stencils are fairly fresh. I assumed that the German keyset might have diminished the price in the seller's eyes. Nope. It's a missing W type slug, which I didn't notice until I started enjoying the machine at home. Oh well. There are lots of words without W's, right?

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Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)

Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 2206

I have suddenly become a typewriter collector. It started with one purchase and has ballooned to a collection of more than forty in less than a year. I'm learning fast but I'm still a novice compared to others in the typosphere, including here in Toronto, where I haunt thrift shops and antique markets, and even the occasional basement. I'm a former magazine writer and published author, and a professional book editor by trade, and I learned to type on manuals despite the proliferation of electrics, so I like to think I come by my sudden and rather manic passion honestly.

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