Monday, October 19, 2009

Hermes, My Love






I present to you: the Hermes 2000. Ah, how I love thee, my Hermes! Isn't it just lovely?

I got this at an estate/garage sale...well, I got this after an estate/garage sale. I saw it and loved it but didn't buy it (I love all old typewriters but I don't collect them. Ahem). The price was more than right--like, jaw-droppingly right--but still... So I went home and obsessed about my lost treasure. The sale was only on Saturday morning so I couldn't even go back for it. I got out some stationery and wrote up a little note asking the people to please call me if it hadn't sold or been carted off to Goodwill (!). Mailed that on a Monday a.m. and got a call on Tuesday: "If you want it, you'd best drive up and get it--it's going off to the thrift store tomorrow a.m." Vrooom...and it's mine! Turns out it was purchased in in the 1950s in L.A. at Bullocks Wilshire (a place I knew and loved well) so that the lady of the house and her brother could type their school papers on it. And the man of the house had typed his master's thesis on it. A well-loved and well-used little machine.

It's typewriter love, y'all!

This post is part of a "blog party" over on the new blog Flea Market Style--every Monday a blogroll o' folks will be posting their latest flea market/estate sale/barn sale treasures. There are more than 120 blogs playing along, so go check it out if you're so inclined...

7 comments:

AuroraSuzette said...

i too love old typewriters, and don't collect them. :) This one's a beaut!And, turns out, after a little education here on your blog, that I too am a foziewisp. Shhh.

JuJu said...

I love that they told you a bit about the typewriter. That makes it that much more special.
I wonder what was the subject of his thesis...

gm glimmerglass said...

Wow, a handsome God that has a way with words! Doesn't get much better than that. Bravo for your persitance n procuring such a treasure!

Here is a spot I get my vintage ribbons, etc.

http://www.mytypewriter.com/

shari said...

a beautiful find!! i too have an old vintage typewriter. i even typed a few papers on it in high school. and it was an antique back then... i love the font, i love the old round black keys and the "machine" look to the thing... wishing lots of vintage typey joy to you...

Protector of Vintage said...

I'm so glad I signed-up for the party! Otherwise, I may never have had the oppportunity to visit your lovely blog. Great typewriter! I passed-up two of them at a garage sale over the weekend....hefty price tags. I'll be back. Have a nice evening~

Stephanie said...

Your new boy is gorgeous, I have an oldie typewriter as well somewhere??

They sure are neat, and I wonder where he has been throughout his life, great find.

Oh yes, you are welcome to come antiquing anytime my buddy!!

Lara Harris said...

I love the vintage typewriters, I saw one at my friend's last night and resisted the temptation to slip it underneath my coat (JUST KIDDING!!):)