1951 Hermes Ambassador #714566
Status: My Collection
Created: 05-25-2019 at 09:36PM
Last Edit: 01-10-2021 at 06:57PM
I found this machine at an estate sale.
It is in really good condition except that it was missing the back panel and a button. It typed really well out of the box, but it has now received a basic cleaning: compressed air, cleaning of the crinkle paint, and metal polish.
This is at this time the earliest Ambassador on TWDB. I have since (2021-01-10) added the latest Ambassador on TWDB (from 1976):
UPDATE 2019-08: The machine now has a back panel and a release button, thanks to Jacques Perrier! It is now complete and looks fantastic.
This is a beast: it is wider and deeper than the Olympia SG-1. But it is lighter, with an aluminum frame. Relevant weights:
- 1951 Ambassador: 31 lbs
- 1957 SG1: 38.2 lbs
- 1976 Ambassador with wide carriage: 25 lbs
It is loaded with features. For example, the two knobs on top lock, free, or pull back the card holders. It has "magic" margins (called "lightning" margins).
I am struck by the similarities with the Olympia SG-1: look and function are very similar, as well as the incredible build quality. The Ambassador even has a paper injector, a tab clear lever, and an "intermediate" paper table. The carriage pops up like on an SG-1, except that instead of using two knobs, you remove two special screws.
Compared with my 1957 Olympia SG-1, I think I prefer the Ambassador's touch. On the other hand, I think that I am getting a more even print with the SG-1. The color selector is easier to move than on the SG-1.
I wasn't sure I would like the look, but now that it's on my desk, I like it I think this is going to be among my favorites!
Hunter: Erik Bruchez (ebruchez)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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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