Still around

Time flies and other priorities and interests stood in the way of continuing to write typecests. Sincs my last post, almost five years ago, we moved into a new home which required me to sell some of my typewriters and having most of the remaining ones stored out of sight. In an attempt to get rid of some stuff which still hadn't found a permanent place in our house, also these typewriters resurfaced. So here's a quick overview about my remaining collection. We have the Hermes 3000 with an interesting Techno-Elite font which I am using for this post. Then of course I kept the perfectly working and beautiful IBM Selectric III. Also in almost perfect working condition, but with some wear and tear we have the sturdy Hermes Ambassador with the special characters shown in an earlier post. Also taking a lot of space but still not working: one of the two Hermes 808 typeball typewriters mentioned in my last post, the second one was sold, but also the remaining one is now listed for sale. Let me know if you are interested to have it. Last but not least, from my wife's family, an Erika 120, manufactured 1980 in Dresden, at that time still in the German Democratic Republic. As I am now trying to decide which ones of these typewriters I'd like to keep, you will probably see more posts with the different machines in the next couple of weeks, as some typing might make the decision process easier. Honestly, probably it will make it much more difficult. And I shouid get some correcting tape, or use the IBM which has it inside.


Hermes 808 – Swiss Made Typeball Typewriter

Hermes 808 - Swiss Made Typeball Typewriter

Slow motion movie

The lever on the side of the type head which moves down when the ball should rotate by 180° to the side with the upper-case characters:

Pictures taken from the movie

1. Before the movement starts

2. Lever moves downwards

3. Lever is back in initial position

4. A bar is pushed out through the slot in the lever and moves the black spring.

I think this is where the problem appears: the lever should be in the lower position at this time in order to prevent the movement of the black spring. Only if the spring is in its original position the typeball rotates by 180°, if the spring is pushed out the rotation is blocked. The workaround mentioned in my typecast consists of manually moving the lever down and keeping it there until the typeball has rotated. This allows to type upper-case characters.

Text transcript of this typecast.