1976 Hermes Ambassador #1390706
Status: My Collection
Created: 01-10-2021 at 06:33PM
Last Edit: 01-13-2021 at 11:03AM
This Ambassador is from 1976, the last year of production. I wanted it mostly for the original crate that contained it. But it's a pretty nice-looking machine, and it's the first of its type on TWDB. In fact, it looks like I have the earliest Ambassador (1951) and the latest Ambassador (1976) listed on TWDB at this time! See the 1951 model here:
It is fairly massive:
- 25 lbs for the machine
- 29.8 lbs for the crate
The crate is in perfect condition inside, but took some obvious beating outside, while still being in perfect condition for shipping. In fact, it was shipped to me as is. The crate and the machine bear marks of Swiss manufacture.
The machine has the following features:
- Swiss-German keyboard
- wide carriage (the platen is 18.5" wide)
Unlike the earlier models, the exterior panels are made of plastic. I noticed a small crack in one part, but it's not too visible.
This machine has a broken ribbon vibrator, which I am hoping to fix soon.
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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