Tracking my typewriter’s travels

This is a photo of a typewritten page bearing the following text. Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Chicago, USA. Oh, the places my hermes has been. I love this 1968-vintage Hermes 3000 and its Techno Pica typeface. I bought it on eBay from a seller in Akron, Ohio. My H3K sports two stickers on its body. Both are for Allied Business Machines, which apparently served customers in the area of Newark, New Jersey. The sticker on the back seems to be the older of the two and is paper. At the side of the typewriter is a less-distressed sticker made of shiny plastic. That makes me think that this typewriter was originally bought when Allied Business Machines Inc. operated at 1164 Stuyvesant Avenue in Irvington, which is where the paper label was applied. Later, when this Hermes 3000 needed repair or a simple tune—up, its owner took it back to Allied, which had relocated 301 South Avenue West in Westfield. Today, there are restaurants at both addresses. If you want Creola and American food, visit the original Allied location in Irvington. If you have a hankering for Cuban cuisine, Allied's former Westfield has just your type of food. And the Hermes 3000 in question now sits happily in my 54th Floor Chicago apartment. Note: This typecast has not been edited.

Current photo of a block of storefronts including 1164 Stuyvesant Avenue in Irvington, New Jersey. Allied Business Machines once operated at 1164. Today a restaurant specializing in Creole and American food is there. Below this image is a closeup of a sticker applied to a typewriter. It reads Allied Business Machines, 1164 Stuyvesant Ave., Irvington, NJ. 372-7567.

Current photo of a block of storefronts including 301 South Avenue West in Westfield, New Jersey. Allied Business Machines once operated at the corner space. Today a restaurant specializing in Cuban cuisine is there. Below this image is a closeup of a sticker applied to a typewriter. It reads Allied Business Machines Inc., 301 South Ave. West, Westfield, N.J. Phone 233-0811.

Aerial photo of Chicago's John Hancock Center, a 100-story building with X-shaped braces on the outside. I live on the 54th Floor.

Photos of the  typewritten page and sticker labels are by me; other images in this post are copyright © Google Inc.

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3 thoughts on “Tracking my typewriter’s travels

  1. The past lives of typewriters stands in stark contrast to their stoic silence, until you quietly sit at their keys and listen, and sometimes you hear them speak.

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    • I do wonder about the words that typewriters have conveyed. Words of love, words of anger, and the words of careless compositions.

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