Posted on January 26, 2015
My first Hermes portable typewriter…
I would have preferred an earlier variant but, at the bargain price of $15 AUD, could afford not to be choosy…
This predominantly plastic Hermes Baby has quite a wooden feel to it, but that’s only a problem if you compare it with a better portable typewriter (Lettera 22, Facit TP1, Adler Tippa etc.)
Taken on its own, it’s not that bad to type on. The woodenness deadens the noise, but not so much the typing experience, and after a short while you find yourself happily picking up speed.
I’m not a snob when it comes to plastic, and in some ways I prefer the one piece ribbon cover to the old gull-winged ones.
Of course, the disadvantage of plastic is it’s easier to break, and this typewriter came with a cracked plastic snap-on cover (which I super-glued and is holding so far).
Interestingly, this typewriter does not appear to have a paper rest/arm, and on close inspection one does not appear to be missing or snapped off.
All things considered a good buy!