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1960 Hermes 2000

Serial #2225123

The green leather case has a key!

I have not yet cleaned this up, and the paper table is disconnected, but I really like this typeface. According to Nick Taurianien, it's "Director Elite". I measure it at 12.5 characters per inch (CPI). (See the gallery photos showing type samples against rulers.)

The Hermes 3000's margin indicators, with the red ribbon threaded through the paper bail, are my favorites on any typewriters. I assume that they resulted from Hermes' use of the "magic margins" in the 2000. I'm not sure when Royal began suing other manufacturers for infringing on their "Magic Margin" patent but assume these changes in Hermes portables may have been related to that.

Owned By: Dan Johnson

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I have always loved typewriters along with other kinds of well-engineered tools and devices such as slide rules, calculators (particular HP), radios, cameras (particularly Nikons), and microscopes. In addition to appreciating their intrinsic beauty and utility, they represent "things that need to be figured out to be understood". That's how I first learned about computers and programming in the 1970s, by figuring things out for myself. It's activity in which I never seem to tire of engaging.

Although communities have arisen around other collection interests, typewriters have the advantage that those who use them also typically enjoy communicating through words, whether those words are about the machines themselves or their lives, hopes, dreams, or expressions of beauty. There's much to be appreciated here.

1960 Hermes 2000 Type Sample


1960 Hermes 2000 Photo Gallery

The Hermes 2000 sample is adjacent to the ruler. An Olivetti Pica sample is included in the photo for comparison purposes.

Left "magic" margin control

Right "magic" margin control

The green leather case has a key!

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