1953 Hermes Ambassador #747333
Status: My Collection
Hunter: Hein Reinders (heinemaat)
Created: 05-16-2022 at 12:41PM
Last Edit: 05-17-2022 at 10:58AM
Hermes Ambassador Office-typewriter
The Hermes Ambassador is known as the Rolls-Royce among office-typewriters.
It provides all the functions and comfort that a professional typist may ask for and it is reliable.
For instance: type-arms may collide while typing fast. In the Hermes, you don't need to reach forward into the "engine bay" (and you canâ€™t, the bonnet is is the way). You simply push a botton and the knot is untangled.
Under the bonnet you will find a replica of the card with a guide to the numerous handles, knobs and levers and their function (itâ€™s in German. )
The architecture of the machine is a marvel of mechanical design:
There is a space-frame made of aluminium castings bolted together. The carriage is a self-contained unit. After loosening two nuts, the carriage can be lifted from the base, and re-positioned, without any further fiddling.. The carriage module has a massive stationary aluminium base, the actual carriage is a space frame sliding over the base in steel-lined roller bearings.
Like the carriage, there are other functional elements that are designed as intricate, separate, easily exchangeable modules: the escapement and the ribbon-transporters.
All sheet metal is in steel.
All major handles are in polished aluminium.
The platen and all its paper clamping rollers are of cork material.
With it's 15 kg. the Ambassador deserves to be called â€˜the Swiss mountainâ€™
Three slugs have been altered to contain the Greek characters omega Ï‰, phi Ï• and pi Ï€ , without adapting their keys original keys Â¼, Â£ and $ respectively.
See the typeface specimen.
There is no slug responding to the Â¾-key.
What may have been the profession of the former owner?
Hunter: Hein Reinders (heinemaat)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
As a retired product development engineer, I am fascinated by the design of electro-mechanical products in which parts move, make noise and, preferably, radiate a little heat. Most preferred are products that are operated by keys, like typewriters, accordeons and pianos.
My genetics and statistics on lifetime expectancy suggest that it is time for me to let you know about the fantastic design, product engineering and manuacturing skills of the generation before mine. I salute mr. Munk for the opportunity that he has created for me to show it to the world. Okay, a bit bombastic.
Comments? Email me at email@example.com
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