My Hermes Rocket is just the right size for packing along on our RV outings, allowing me to keep up with my letter-writing hobby while we are on the road. The typewriter base makes the bottom half of the case, which pops on and off with a nice click to reveal those luscious mint-green keys that just beg to be put to use. A couple of features I like are the built-in paper guide, and the travel lock. Fortunately my machine came with its owner's manual, else I would have never discovered that sliding the carriage to the left, folding the little return lever back, and giving just the right push to the little button that sets the line spacing, will center lock the carriage when it is slid back to the right. A sweet trick of a sweet little machine.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Almost at the same instant that the idea occurred to me of how much fun it might be for my children (7) and grandchildren (13) to get letters - real letters in the mail - i went digging through the dusty nether regions of our storage area to pull out my beloved 1957 Olympia SM3 Portable and the old Royal 10 I'd rescued from a neighbor's garbage can in the 1960's. Refurbishing them triggered a typewriter obsession. Don't tell my wife, but i believe there are now about 20 of them.
I love their looks, their intricate and precise mechanisms, and dinking around in the workshop tuning them up and bringing them back to life. i also, unfortunately, love the thrill of the hunt on eBay. But all of them are put to use for correspondence and my new hobby of decorated art letters. And sometimes they even inspire a bit of poetry.
On the road in a Southern California Desert with my Hermes RRocket
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