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1960 Hermes 2000 Serial # 2225123 1960 Hermes 2000 typewriter, Serial # 2225123 Dan Johnson's 1960 Hermes 2000 typewriter. 2016-04-09 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Dan Johnson: 1960 Hermes 2000 Serial # 2225123 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.

1960 Hermes 2000 #2225123

Status: My Collection
Created: 02-13-2016 at 02:42PM
Last Edit: 04-09-2016 at 09:59AM


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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.

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The Hermes 2000 sample is adjacent to the ruler. An Olivetti Pica sample is included in the photo for comparison purposes.
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
Left "magic" margin control

Right "magic" margin control
Right "magic" margin control

The green leather case has a key!
The green leather case has a key!

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