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In the '70s, there was a 3rd generation 3000 which was even boxier and mostly plastic-dare I even call it "ugly"?Hermes Rocket, serial #.This second version predominated throughout the late '40s and early '50s.Typists often debate which is better: the 2000, or the 3000?Smith-Corona used up the standing inventory of parts by relabeling the machine as the Smith-Corona Empire.Original purchase receipt shows that this machine was purchased Sept.In the 1960s, Smith-Corona bought out the British Typewriters Ltd factory which had manufactured Rockets under license for Hermes.The Rocket is a direct descendent of the Hermes Baby, Hermes' original subcompact portable typewriter.Essentially, the only things that changed were the outer shell and clearer labeling of the controls.The 2000 is a superb typer-one of the best of the immediate post-war machines-if not the most types with a satisfying "budda-budda-budda" staccato reminiscent of an old rotary machine gun, albeit much quieter.
They weren't many of those made, and they might be of interest to a collector as a transitional artifact.
It was built by a different factory and is not considered as high-quality as the Swiss-made 3000s.
This would be changed in the next redesign (see below).
1964 in New Orleans,.The Baby/Rocket was so popular that Hermes licensed its designs to many other manufacturers.Other papers found with it indicates that it traveled to Central America and Florida before finally finding its way to Minnesota.This curvy machine-dare I even call it "sexy"?-is highly coveted by aesthetists and users alike both for its looks and its precise feel.Really, very little about it had changed across 30 years.Hermes 2000, sN, this unlabeled 2000 is what I think of as the 2nd generation 2000, the first being a black, glossy machine with the ubiquitous round keys.Subsequently, you can find very similar-looking medieval war games pc typewriters under a host of names.Hermes 3000, serial #, another redesign in the late '60s produced this "boxy" vmware fusion for mac serial number 2nd generation 3000.The most-heard complaint about the 3000 is that the controls are difficult to decipher.Hermes 3000 (x2 serial #s 3058336 1963, hermes radically redesigned their "semi-standard" machine in 1958 with the introduction of the 3000.The most significant difference is that the 2000 is carriage-shifted, while the 3000 is segment-shifted.This version isn't as highly sought as the curvy one, but for someone just looking for a reliable machine to type on, this one is every bit as good.In my mind, both are amazing machines to type on; the "feel" is nearly identical between the two.