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1960 Hermes Ambassador Electric Serial # 912223 1960 Hermes Ambassador Electric typewriter, Serial # 912223 Javier Vazquez del Olmo's 1960 Hermes Ambassador Electric typewriter. 2017-12-15 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Javier Vazquez del Olmo: 1960 Hermes Ambassador Electric Serial # 912223 An exercise on complexity, that´s what this typewriter is.

If Hermes didn´t already make intrincate enough typewriters, there had to come the Ambassador Electric. If it wasn´t enough to throw an electric motor on it, they also packed a carbon ribbon to go along the usual one.

And to make things even more puzzling, the serial number doesn´t match with those here on the Database. It goes over the limit for 1960, just before they started from 4000171 in 1961.

I don´t exactly know if this contraption works or not. I´ve mounted a new plug, and the machine starts up for a couple of seconds and then switches off again. I don´t want to dig deep into the mysteries of such a convoluted machine, so I hope it happens because I´ve done something wrong with the plug.

1960 Hermes Ambassador Electric #912223

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Created: 12-15-2017 at 10:06AM
Last Edit: 12-15-2017 at 10:08AM


Description:

An exercise on complexity, that´s what this typewriter is.

If Hermes didn´t already make intrincate enough typewriters, there had to come the Ambassador Electric. If it wasn´t enough to throw an electric motor on it, they also packed a carbon ribbon to go along the usual one.

And to make things even more puzzling, the serial number doesn´t match with those here on the Database. It goes over the limit for 1960, just before they started from 4000171 in 1961.

I don´t exactly know if this contraption works or not. I´ve mounted a new plug, and the machine starts up for a couple of seconds and then switches off again. I don´t want to dig deep into the mysteries of such a convoluted machine, so I hope it happens because I´ve done something wrong with the plug.

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The carbon ribbon cover shows how to properly put it.
The carbon ribbon cover shows how to properly put it.

The machine is dirty, but look at the typeslugs: shiny as if they hadn´t been used.
The machine is dirty, but look at the typeslugs: shiny as if they hadn´t been used.



What´s this arrow thing for?
What´s this arrow thing for?

This is where carbon ribbons go to die.
This is where carbon ribbons go to die.





Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)

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The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98. Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.

A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.



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