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1969 Hermes Baby #9204354


Description:

"Grit"

Visually similar to my metal Swiss-made 1965 Baby other than the blander color of body and keytops on this model, it has a cheap plastic knock-off feel. That said, it functions, sounds, weighs and feels practically identical! Wonderful "disposable" travel typer for canoe trips, mountain trekking, etc. Surprisingly acceptable in spite of plastic yuckiness.

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Nice, diverse output. Pica 11 or 10 cpi.
Nice, diverse output. Pica 11 or 10 cpi.

Colors are bo-ring but sure is handy for dropping into backpack or tossing onto back car seat.
Colors are bo-ring but sure is handy for dropping into backpack or tossing onto back car seat.


Deutscher Qualität...?
Deutscher Qualität...?





Ultimate parts machine. Came without spools so used what I had. :-)
Ultimate parts machine. Came without spools so used what I had. :-)






Database seems to indicate 1969 though could be 1968. Ted?
Database seems to indicate 1969 though could be 1968. Ted?

Hunter: John Munroe (jamunroe)

Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 3021

From Toronto Canada. Tokyo-based entrepreneur since 1998 and meditation teacher since 2000. Learned to type in Grade 9 following mind-altering lunches and still experience flashbacks while typing. Mother did shorthand and typed 90 wpm as stenographer, dad pecked out haiku on his old typewriter as long as I remember. Moved to thermal printing, 8-character display CanoWord Pen 24 in 1986 when my typewriter broke, then to FujiXerox, Mac and iPhone. Bought my first typewriter of the new millennium (a Lettera 32) in March 2015. Muscle memory has graduated to neural reboot--every moment at the typewriter brings back fresh memories of type-happy childhood and visions of literary grandeur. Use typewriter for inspiration/rough drafts and computer/iPhone (Scrivener/Evernote) for polishing.



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