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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, bringing my current total to eight machines. I use them for journaling, letters, notes, and creative writing. I've tried other models but my favorites brands continue to be Hermes and Olympia, especially models from the '50s and '60s.


1956
Hermes
2000

Serial #2131686

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1936
Hermes
Baby Featherweight

Serial #88203

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1953
Olympia
SM2

Serial #415416

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1961
Olympia
SM7

Serial #1899057

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1965
Olympia
SM9

Serial #2798902

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1971
Hermes
3000

Serial #7090504

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1970
Olympia
SM8

Serial #4005505

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1957
Olympia
SM3

Serial #1053104

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1967
Hermes
3000

Serial #3428607

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