There are many stories of heads looking back at their bodies with a look of shock and surprise after they had the old guillotine treatment. I’m just glad that typewriters don’t have eyes and that they can’t look back at themselves. The carriage can’t look back at the main frame and think, “Oh bugger.”
These two Hermes 3000s came home with me after a trip to Robert Messenger’s (see his brilliant blog here). He thought that a project would be good for me and that it would help my understanding of the workings of a typewriter. I’m quite sure of that and to be honest I’m looking forward to it. But, like so many things, it will have to be done “after Christmas” – a time that I won’t want to end and will most likely need to go one for ever and ever to get everything I need to done.
Both machines don’t have their carriages installed at the moment. One machine’s main spring has broken inside its case, and the other machine’s type-bar segment is jammed; the same machine’s chassis is spotted with rust.
The rusty machine has Pica type – fairly bog standard – while the machine with the broken spring has techno elite. Because I have a preference for bog standard typefaces, I’ll most likely end up going to the effort of cleaning out the rust. I might fall back on this claim because I won’t have the patience or I simply won’t be bothered, and could well, at this stage, end up settling with techno.
Cosmetically, both machines are in good shape, both have a few minor scrapes here and there, though. In keeping with the tradition of Hermes 3000s, there is a broken platen knob:
I do have a spare, luckily, and I’m very thankful I won’t have to go to immense lengths to figure out a replacement.
So, if all goes to plan, I’ll have a very nice Hermes 3000 to start the school year with. I’m looking forward to it, having heard so much about them. And thank you again, Robert Messenger!