My first Hermes portable typewriter…

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I would have preferred an earlier variant but, at the bargain price of $15 AUD, could afford not to be choosy…

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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All things considered a good buy!

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