9 Typewriter Galleries » Hunter: Tansal Arnas
63 Points, Typewriter Hunter
I grew up in the generation that transitioned from analog to digital, so I had childhood experience using manual and electric typewriters before moving onto computers. In 2013, I started researching ultraportable antique manual typewriters. In 2016, I bought my first one, a Hermes Baby Featherweight. I loved the portability but learned that it's not very suited to long periods of writing. I intensified my research into medium-sized portables. In 2019, I purchased two exceptional typewriters, a Hermes 3000 and an Olympia SM3. I also excavated my grandfather's SM2 and had it professionally restored. For my birthday, I chased down several more Hermes and Olympia typewriters, each with a different body and typeface, eventually branching out to include several other brands, bringing my current total to 22 machines. I use them for journaling, letters, notes, and creative writing. I've tried other models but my favorite makes continue to be Hermes and Olympia, especially their models from the '50s and '60s.