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1943 Hermes Media 2000 Serial # 406622 1943 Hermes Media 2000 typewriter, Serial # 406622 Erik Bruchez's 1943 Hermes Media 2000 typewriter. 2021-09-19 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Erik Bruchez: 1943 Hermes Media 2000 Serial # 406622 This machine was made in Switzerland in the middle of World War II. While the machine itself bears gray (with a possible tint of green) crinkle paint, the case is definitely a military-style green smooth metal case (see pictures).

I cleaned this machine as usual. I didn't replace the felt, which was in better condition than the felt of my 1946 Hermes Media. Instead, I just blew high-pressure compressed air on it to get rid of dust and debris.

I did some extra work on the case: cleaning, but also light polishing and waxing. I also removed the hardware and cleaned that separately. There are two flat parts that push on the machine frame when the case is closed to lock it in place. The rubber there was hard and crumbling. Instead I used some green Sugru to replace that. I am not sure I like this 100%. Maybe some heat-shrink tubing might work better.

I wonder what the history of this machine is. Was it used by the Swiss military during the war? What about after? It has clear signs of use on the sides, ribbon covers, and front. But it was well maintained. In fact, there is a "10/75" marking on the bottom of the body which indicates some type of service in October 1975. And it turns out the machine came with a receipt for repairs dated October 13, 1975, for 98 Swiss Francs (see picture).

1943 Hermes Media 2000 #406622

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Erik Bruchez (ebruchez)
Created: 09-19-2021 at 09:17PM
Last Edit: 09-19-2021 at 09:49PM


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This machine was made in Switzerland in the middle of World War II. While the machine itself bears gray (with a possible tint of green) crinkle paint, the case is definitely a military-style green smooth metal case (see pictures).

I cleaned this machine as usual. I didn't replace the felt, which was in better condition than the felt of my 1946 Hermes Media. Instead, I just blew high-pressure compressed air on it to get rid of dust and debris.

I did some extra work on the case: cleaning, but also light polishing and waxing. I also removed the hardware and cleaned that separately. There are two flat parts that push on the machine frame when the case is closed to lock it in place. The rubber there was hard and crumbling. Instead I used some green Sugru to replace that. I am not sure I like this 100%. Maybe some heat-shrink tubing might work better.

I wonder what the history of this machine is. Was it used by the Swiss military during the war? What about after? It has clear signs of use on the sides, ribbon covers, and front. But it was well maintained. In fact, there is a "10/75" marking on the bottom of the body which indicates some type of service in October 1975. And it turns out the machine came with a receipt for repairs dated October 13, 1975, for 98 Swiss Francs (see picture).

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Hunter: Erik Bruchez (ebruchez)

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I started collecting my first pre-WW2 standard typewriters in 2017. Since then I have added a few machines to my collection, which now ranges from the 1890s to the 1980s. As of 2020, I have more big standard (desktop) typewriters than portables, and a few standard electrics.



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