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197x Olympia Traveller de Luxe Serial # - 197x Olympia Traveller de Luxe typewriter, Serial # - Germano Peres's 197x Olympia Traveller de Luxe typewriter. 2022-09-22 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Germano Peres: 197x Olympia Traveller de Luxe Serial # - Since mid-'70s importation of typewriters and other goods was banned in Brazil due a reserve-market law. This forced Olympia to stop importing the Traveller de Luxe by UNIS and other models from his factories overseas. Olympia do Brasil was re-inforced the production of biggers SG and SM series. (Hermes)

But they had no intention to produce the Traveller in his own facilities, and encommended to Hermes-Precisa to do it. Very easy, just put the Hermes Baby machinery into a Traveller body and presto, the Brazilian Traveller de Luxe was born. Had the difference with original losting 2 functional keys on top row, replaced with margin liberator and backspace and the carriage is very different.

Anyway, didn't have the same quality compared to Europeans. The metal housing is an easy victim of rust and the mechanism of Brazilian Hermes don't have a reputation for being strong. "Love him or leave him" was the law in only-national-industry times.

Seems to was produced after Hermes-Precisa was closed and his actives in Brazil was taken by Olivetti in early 80's, i saw some marked as "made for Olympia International by Olivetti" with the Hermes logo. Was re-badged a little later by several locally Olivetti models, such as Tropical and Roma.

I don't have intention to take one, the images i was find on the net.

197x Olympia Traveller de Luxe #-

Status: Sightings
Hunter: Germano Peres (Tatianinho85)
Created: 09-22-2022 at 02:15PM
Last Edit: 09-22-2022 at 03:32PM


Description:

Since mid-'70s importation of typewriters and other goods was banned in Brazil due a reserve-market law. This forced Olympia to stop importing the Traveller de Luxe by UNIS and other models from his factories overseas. Olympia do Brasil was re-inforced the production of biggers SG and SM series. (Hermes)

But they had no intention to produce the Traveller in his own facilities, and encommended to Hermes-Precisa to do it. Very easy, just put the Hermes Baby machinery into a Traveller body and presto, the Brazilian Traveller de Luxe was born. Had the difference with original losting 2 functional keys on top row, replaced with margin liberator and backspace and the carriage is very different.

Anyway, didn't have the same quality compared to Europeans. The metal housing is an easy victim of rust and the mechanism of Brazilian Hermes don't have a reputation for being strong. "Love him or leave him" was the law in only-national-industry times.

Seems to was produced after Hermes-Precisa was closed and his actives in Brazil was taken by Olivetti in early 80's, i saw some marked as "made for Olympia International by Olivetti" with the Hermes logo. Was re-badged a little later by several locally Olivetti models, such as Tropical and Roma.

I don't have intention to take one, the images i was find on the net.

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Under the hood is a Hermes. This is an Spanish model, exported for the current MERCOSUR members
Under the hood is a Hermes. This is an Spanish model, exported for the current MERCOSUR members

"Made for"
"Made for"

The cover it's the only identical with original
The cover it's the only identical with original

The original don't have these feet
The original don't have these feet

Hunter: Germano Peres (Tatianinho85)

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A tipically 80's Cold-War boy. Brazilian born in exile, with the time i was interested with my homeland, GDR and the Eastern Bloc technologies, but didn't have old enough to live this. I grown up with computers and never had more than marginal contact with typewriters in my childhood, my passion was growing along with mine Ostalgie and started my collection sometime ago when withdrew my father's older Erika from its long letargy. I prefer the 80's portable models.

I will try to get information about the world of Brazilian typewriters, mostly not known outside South America.



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