1962 Hermes Ambassador #906300
Status: My Collection
Created: 10-25-2015 at 10:31AM
Last Edit: 12-08-2018 at 06:03PM
A wonderful, wondrously over-engineered machine. Types like a dream. Dutch keyboard, with florin sign (ƒ). Its typeface, Hermes Special (ten-pitch), is a tad too widely spaced for my taste.
Its previous owner was an adjutant with the Haarlem traffic police in the previous century. It probably endured a fall or blow at some point, as its back door (the only appropriate word for it) is somewhat unhinged and deformed.
This model was also available with electric motor (for carriage return and line spacing).
A most remarkable typewriter. Large and weighty (14,2 kg), more so if you're used to portables.
- A Tale of two Ambassadors, by Robert Messenger
- The 1966 Hermes Ambassador: A Review...
- Some observations of my own, published on The Typewriter Revolution Blog
Hunter: Hans Boersma (Java68)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I'm not really a hunter, or a collector. Well, I try not to be anyway. Typewriters should be used IMHO, and how to choose from an increasingly anonymous multitude? There is much to say for having just one typewriter, and sticking to it. But then again, there are so much beautiful and interesting typewriters out there, all with their own character and historical backgrounds... So I refer to my modest collection as "the machine park" and do my best to keep it from becoming a multitude. I decidedly favour standard-size typewriters: large office workhorses that throw their considerable weight behind your labours. Nicely over-dimensioned machines with a more than agreeable keyboard touch and a business-like appearance, ready for any job. I enjoy looking at "typewriter porn" on sites such as these, which provides an adequate substitute to having a larger collection. So... thank you for showing me yours!
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