The Hermes Rocket!

22 Mar

Hermes Rocket, S/N 6147192, 1968

Olympia SM3, from Goodwill, S/N 539543


8 Responses to “The Hermes Rocket!”

  1. T. Munk March 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    Oh, you lucky, lucky dog, you! Congrats on an awesome typewriter day, and super-congrats on finding such a nice Rocket so soon!

  2. Peter March 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    very nice! I love those green Olympias. That looks like my elite Rocket but in much better condition. Was it made in Brazil, as was mine?

  3. Harry Cordner March 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    It has a very prominent “MADE IN SWITZERLAND” underneath the Hermes logo on the ribbon cover, so maybe?

  4. ToriForte March 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Oh I’m soooo jealous! Great finds! 🙂

  5. Mike Clemens March 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Wow, a double win! The Olympia may be the special 11-pitch “Olympia elite” face — right between the typical pica and elite. SM3’s are *great* machines, even with the carriage shift. You got yourself a good find there. And the Rocket looks ready for type-in happiness.

  6. Adwoa March 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Great find at a great price! Even here in Hermes-land, bargains like this are becoming harder to find.

  7. marzipanj May 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Ooh, beautiful Hermes. I have the same one, inherited from my great-grandmother, also from central Michigan–Greenville and Belding. I’m having some issues with mine–I’ve been using it a lot, and now it gets stuck with the caps locked. Any ideas about fixing that?


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