Typewriter aficionado, photographer, writer, and philosopher Joe Van Cleave covers this topic in much greater detail — and far better than I have here — in “
Is Good Enough Good Enough?” If you’re interested in anything creative, Joe can steer you true.
TOP: Photo of envelope from 3M to a woman who worked at New Jersey Bell. MIDDLE: The 3M facility in St. Paul, Minnesota, that sent the letter. BOTTOM: A building in Jersey City, New Jersey, that once housed New Jersey Bell’s offices, where the recipient worked.
Here’s the letter from 3M that included a sample of a special paper used to clean typewriter type slugs.
The cleaning paper stands ready to be used in the Hermes 3000. The little piece of paper at right also was in the typewriter case; it has information about the kind of typewriter ribbon the owner needs to buy.
At left is the backside of that little piece of paper. It’s an ad for Green Cross Pharmacy in Morristown, New Jersey. The pharmacy used to occupy the building with the “Boutique 161” sign.
Before purchasing the Hermes 3000 at Allied, its owner might have considered getting a machine from Smith’s Office Machines & Equipment Inc. in East Orange, New Jersey. A coin-operated laundry now stands on the site.
Bran-O-Rost (or Branorost)
paper is still available and Brangs + Heinrich is still around too — although its headquarters is now in Germany, not Switzerland.
Closeup of the Director Pica typeslugs on my Hermes 3000 curvytop.
Thanks to the Rt. Rev. Munk, you can view the NOMDA samples for Hermes and Smith-Corona.
In the photo above, I printed a Hermes NOMDA page and then typed with my Hermes 3000 to determine it’s afflicted with Director Pica.
And if you don’t remember Sam Kinison . . .