The Hermes 3000: Love It or Hate It?

This seemingly eternal question popped up during our recent type-in in Grand Rapids. Some members of the Typosphere can’t get enough of the H3K’s smooth, “butter-like” feel on the keys. Others dislike it intensely for the same reason, preferring snappier machines like the Olympias. I keep oscillating between the Hermes and the Olympia SM3 as favorite machines for extended writing sessions, with occasional excursions to the Smith Corona Skyriter, Olivetti Lettera 22, Royal Model O, and several others. It all seems to depend on the mood I’m in. What’s your favorite?DSC02534An early- and a late-model Hermes 3000 that came to the Grand Rapids type-in all the way from Ann Arbor. The curves and feel of the earlier version have more fans than the later design, although the innards are the same in both.

Grand Rapids Type-In 2018

We held our “big” type-in of 2018 in Grand Rapids on May 19. The day got off to a somewhat soggy start but that didn’t prevent everyone from having a great time. Our venue was The Knickerbocker restaurant and brewpub run by New Holland Brewing on Bridge Street, in the shadow of the US 131-I-196 cloverleaf right downtown. It was a great space with wonderful food. The beer was excellent too, of course!

As usual with our events at locations like this, we had quite a few people stop by to see what was going on. These ranged from young adults who’d never used a typewriter before to folks of a “certain age” (like some of us) who did use them way back when and wanted to relive the experience. Most of them, anyway. A few were fairly unsentimental and said they were glad that “progress” had left our machines behind, or so they thought. But they were a distinct minority. We also drew several new members into the MT fold, including one who hopes to hold a type-in at Literati Books in Ann Arbor in early August. Keep watching this space for details. In the meantime, get ready for the annual type-in in Traverse City sponsored by Typochondriac Paul Stebleton on June 23!Type In V 2018Paul also designs the posters for MT events. We’re lucky to have someone in the group with such advanced graphic design skills!DSC02535Getting creative with some interesting paper.DSC02520The Neckermann Brilliant Junior, otherwise known as the Groma Kolibri. A lot of North American collectors seem to have a “thing” for this machine made in then-Communist East Germany. The Brilliant Junior was a re-badged version made for a very capitalistic West German department store chain in the mid-1950’s. It’s small, low-profile, dense, and quite heavy for its size. This one has the German “QWERTZ” keyboard.DSC02539Getting “down to business” on a nice Underwood portable at the GR type-in.

Welcome to Michigan Typochondriacs

Welcome to the new web home of the Michigan Typochondriacs. We are an informal group of typewriter enthusiasts throughout Michigan. Our group started at the end of a type-in at the Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo in May 2013. Since then we have sponsored at least one type-in each year, and usually more. We also participate in events sponsored by others.

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The famous Olivetti Valentine sunning itself at the 2018 Grand Rapids type-in