Olivetti, You Make-a Me Crazy!

The Achilles Heel of the Olivetti Studio 44, Studio 45 and Olivetti 21 portables has to be the line space lever assembly. I will elaborate in a future post but for now, all you need to know is that this Olivetti Studio 45 arrived without a critical link to engage its line space lever. The…

What’s in the Case? Portland Edition

I picked up the machine on the right yesterday while in Portland. One look and I thought it would be perfect for that favorite game of typewriter enthusiasts, “What’s in the Case?” Can you guess the make and model of both machines? Here are the hints: They are made by the same manufacturer. They share…

1939 Hermes Baby: from Wreck to Revitalized

When an opportunity to buy a Hermes Baby comes up, I will usually take it. That goes double for the early models from 1935-1939. My latest Hermes Baby venture was a 1939 model with the original grey ribbon and an international QWERTY keyboard. How could I resist? So what if it was a little dirty?…