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1937 Hermes Baby

Serial #134211

I found this 1937 Hermes Featherweight at an antique mall nearby. It's very clean. It was a bit stiff, so it did need a bit of cleaning and lubrication to free things up, and of course it needed a new ribbon. This is an early model that lacks the margin release key as well as, of course, the mechanism that prevents typing after the carriage has reached the right margin. So when the bell dings, be careful. It's a very nice machine actually. The key feel is light and responsive and enjoyable. The thing types very neatly and straight on the page. It appears to be roughly an 11-pitch typeface. What I found interesting too with this early machine is that there's no carriage return lever. There are simply two chrome tabs that you squeeze or pinch together to advance to the next line. It seems that soon after this, Hermes added a return lever and the margin release key feature. It's a very tiny and light machine, and I'm quite impressed with just how good and practical of a real typer it is proving to be. The only real sign of wear is on the handle of the cover where the top layer of leather on the handle is gone.

Owned By: Brad Sarno

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I've spent my life as a mechanical and electronics tinkerer, bikes, cars, lawnmowers, appliances, cameras, audio gear, guitars, amplifiers, and pedal steel guitars. I was trained as a typist for 2 years back in the late 70's on IBM Selectric II's. At home I recall my mother having an Olympia SM3. More recently we got our daughter a typewriter for Christmas, and that somehow sparked my own personal interest in these fine and interesting machines. Now it's a habit that just won't quit. Daily searches on Craigslist, frequent trips to antique stores & malls, garage sales, etc. It's a fun and healthy addiction.

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