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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Hermes 3000 Typewriter: Second Style, Wide Carriage

This wide-carriage second style Hermes 3000, serial number 7031881, was made in 1971. See Georg Sommeregger's rundown of the Hermes 3000 variations here.  This  styling, says Georg, was introduced in 1966, although a new numbering sequence, starting in the 700,000 range, appears to have been introduced in 1971. See Bill MacLane's model in this range  here. I am wondering whether my model was not made in Switzerland, since the models seen in Georg's and Bill's posts very evidently state, "Made in Switzerland".
HERMES 3000:
Painless typing,
even with a busted bicep

5 comments:

Scott Kernaghan said...

I reckon John would have really had a ball at your place.

Shame about the injury. At least you didn't draw blood - unlike my efforts of a week ago, and I'm still feeling the pain of my efforts incurred fixing a Tippa.

Glad you guys had a great time! And my.... What a Hermes!

My 1970 machine has the same label, but it is the latter model. My understand is that it was made in France.

Richard P said...

Ouch!! I was wondering why your blog had been uncharacteristically quiet for a couple of days. I hope your biceps heals promptly. Some typing therapy will help, I'm sure.

TonysVision said...

I, too, was concerned about your absence, and realized what an important part of the morning coffee time ritual your blog is. The days were missing something ... not quite right. But, as you say, thank goodness for typewriters. Yesterday afternoon they provided a wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable therapy as I took the "upstairs gang" one by one out to my balcony typing place to give them each a good run. The "Upstairs gang" consists of those who have passed the workshop inspection, have been repaired and adjusted as need be, and are allowed to join the elite crew used for daily correspondence, leaving their brethren below in the dim workshop on the hopeless shelves of "I'll be gettin' to it by and by". They include my 1962 Hermes 3000, which looks to have the same controls, but the more billowy and sensuous body, compared to the example in your post. In the past I have always tended to grit my teeth when pulling it out to test it with a line or two, knowing it will challenge me to recall how to set the margins, and what the heck those four odd keys/buttons are for. But this time, in a more relaxed mood, I took the time to read the manual (yes, actually read the manual), and make a bit of an effort to engrave their function on a few brain cells. We get along fine now, and indeed it is a smooth typing machine; to typers as Swiss watches are to watches. Thank goodness you survived the toppling multiplex, thanks for the link to Bill McClane's bit on the 3000, and thank goodness for typewriters!

Jose Olmo said...

I knew something was wrong. I kept checking your blog three times a day. Robert I hope your recovery is painless and fast! Now that you have given the green light on this model I'll try to find one at a good price. The first model which I call "My Dream Machine" just got a good work-out. Welcome back and Thank You.

rino breebaart said...

sling up that arm! And rest...