A few weekends ago I went along to a car boot sale, not expecting to find anything of typewriter interest, and stumbled across this …

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A Hermes Baby in very good cosmetic and working condition and very attractively priced.

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I had no choice but to buy it.

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Pica typeface, original spools, plenty of ink left in the ribbon.

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It scrubbed up well. I followed Robert Messenger’s advice and got to work with a soft toothbrush and a denture cleaning tablet dropped in a cup of warm soapy water.

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The left-hand spool cover refuses to click into position and sit flush. I have the same problem with an Empire Aristocrat.

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Not much else of interest at the car boot sale, except a teddy bear that looked like it was enjoying a Sunday morning lie-in…

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And a reclining Madonna who looked equally fagged-out

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The only other typewriter on offer was a Barcelona-made Olivetti Lettera 32 ($45). Since I already have one, I left it for someone else.

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Normally I avoid cookery books like the plague, but the cover of this one had plenty of charm …

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As had these ladies …

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I loitered with photographic intent. Shocking behaviour …

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The keys on this old “NCR” Cash Register and their possible combinations had me non-plussed  …

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Think I’ll stick to typewriter keys. Later Baby …

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Advertising postcard 1999, photo by Jens Stoltze