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1940 Hermes Baby Serial # 222239 1940 Hermes Baby typewriter, Serial # 222239 Patrick Jamieson's 1940 Hermes Baby typewriter. 2024-01-13 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Patrick Jamieson: 1940 Hermes Baby Serial # 222239 Purchased from a seller in New Jersey, US in May 2023. It has the U.S. English QWERTY keyboard with $, @ and [cent] symbols. The typewriter arrived with metal ribbon spools, but a dry ribbon and sticky keys. It also reeked of oil and was very dirty. I have cleaned it up inside and out, including flushing the segment, replacing the old ribbon with a fresh one, and aligning the vertical positioning of the upper and lower case characters. The decals and the gray, crinkle-finish paint are original. The typewriter is now fully functional.

1940 marked the launch of the Hermes Baby "Jubilee Model", the first major update in the evolution of this best-selling ultraportable. While the machine's size remained almost identical to that of the original Baby introduced in 1935, the Jubilee Model's shell and lid has more rounded edges, and for the first time the Baby sports its now-signature gull-wing ribbon covers. The branding decal on the shell was also redesigned.

SOLD - This machine found a new home in Jan 2024.

1940 Hermes Baby #222239

Status: Sightings
Hunter: Patrick Jamieson (pjamieson)
Created: 05-25-2023 at 05:39PM
Last Edit: 01-13-2024 at 10:30AM


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Purchased from a seller in New Jersey, US in May 2023. It has the U.S. English QWERTY keyboard with $, @ and [cent] symbols. The typewriter arrived with metal ribbon spools, but a dry ribbon and sticky keys. It also reeked of oil and was very dirty. I have cleaned it up inside and out, including flushing the segment, replacing the old ribbon with a fresh one, and aligning the vertical positioning of the upper and lower case characters. The decals and the gray, crinkle-finish paint are original. The typewriter is now fully functional.

1940 marked the launch of the Hermes Baby "Jubilee Model", the first major update in the evolution of this best-selling ultraportable. While the machine's size remained almost identical to that of the original Baby introduced in 1935, the Jubilee Model's shell and lid has more rounded edges, and for the first time the Baby sports its now-signature gull-wing ribbon covers. The branding decal on the shell was also redesigned.

SOLD - This machine found a new home in Jan 2024.

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Hunter: Patrick Jamieson (pjamieson)

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I'm a semi-retired software/web developer with a now eight-year-old grandson, Jaxon, who is crazy about typewriters. In late 2021, at age six, Jaxon got a Montgomery Ward Escort 350 portable from Goodwill that absolutely fascinated him. He still takes it everywhere, and remains especially pleased that it has a key for the number one. He considers his Escort to be our best typer, but I think that honor goes to our second generation 1969 Hermes 3000. Jaxon's got me hooked, and now--between us--we have a growing collection of writing machines. Together, we've set up and equipped a small workshop area and, whenever we get the chance, we clean and perform minor repairs on our typewriters. Now that Jaxon's reading and writing skills are steadily improving, he rarely needs anyone to tell him how to spell the words he wants to type.

Newer to typewriter collecting than Jaxon, I am particularly interested in ultraportables and portables, and have developed a special fondness for Gossen, Hermes, and Rooy machines. I am also very interested in any brand/model with a HCESAR keyboard layout. A collector-at-heart--I have long collected West Indian fiction (40+ years) and Haitian art (30+ years)--I am old enough to have owned and regularly used typewriters back in the pre-PC days.



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