An Embassy of Ambassadors

Here’s something you don’t see every day: There are three Hermes Ambassadors in the house in house tonight. They are all 3rd-generation, representing 1964-1965, single & dual ribbon systems, standard 13″ carriage and the ever-so-slightly wider 15″ (see right). The one in the foreground and the one on the left type in Director Pica, while…

Typewriter Factory: Robotron, Dresden, East Germany (DDR), 1987

I came across two photos of the Robotron factory in 1980’s Dresden, East Germany. They’re great snapshots of the people, place, and the time in which typewriter manufacturing was starting to wane in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The photos were obtained from Wikipedia’s German site under Creative Commons license, with permission from the original…

Triple Take: Japy-Hermes Regent

So what are the odds? After my post about a full-sized Patria based on the rare and elusive Hermes Regent, I come across a Japy-branded machine with all the keys, levers and buttons of a Hermes Regent (or Hermes Ambassador): I have to say, this one gets points for the original color scheme! Pity it…