1936 Hermes Baby Featherweight #88203
Status: My Collection
Created: 08-04-2019 at 07:47PM
Last Edit: 08-10-2019 at 11:35AM
Purchased from eBay on 11 June 2016. This was my first antique manual typewriter. I've attempted to adjust the alignment on the carriage shift. I'll get it right on the money and then the next time I type on it it's wonky again. I'll have to keep tweaking.
Hunter: Tansal Arnas (Tansal)
Status: 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, 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.
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