Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hermes Ambassador -- One Gargantuan Typewriter

To my surprise I found this at the workbench as I went to go out the side door.

Not only is this a Behemoth it has a wide carriage

Nicely packed, and it comes with a cover, instruction books, and cleaning kit..

This is one strong carriage rail. solid machined aluminum and steel rails, and a paper injector.

Runs the length of the typewriter and then some

The knobs beside the spools move the card guide away from the platen.  The slider is the touch tension adjustment.  From very super light to quite heavy.

This was a joy to use.  I wrote a few letters before  the 2 page typecast. I have not had this much fun since I got my first office size Underwood.

This is a fun typewriter to use, but it needs 4 feet of lateral space to use.  The carriage is 24 inches long from tip of the return lever to the  end of the right platen knob.  Of course the carriage will not generally be used for its entirety, but it does require extra space for the wide carriage. At least I finally have a typewriter that I can feed file folders through to type the tabs.

I chose the letterheads because both are Michigan companies from the past.  There is quite a bit of information on the Duplex Phonograph Company on the Kalamazoo library web site. Included is a video of the photograph in use. The audio is quite good.

Fox letterhead courtesy of Richard Polt and his blog.


  1. Ha! You got one of those boxed Ambassadors, eh? Nice! I might have been tempted except someone gave me one once (a short-carriage one, even) and I realized I had no table space large enough to keep it (lordy, that footprint!) and passed it on to someone else days later. :D

  2. Wow that is a big beauty Bill! I'm glad you got it sorted and didn't have to send it back! Yes the Holocaust was a indeed a shocking time in history hopefully never to be repeated.

  3. What a fun machine. As always with Hermes, the alignment is impeccable! Thanks for the typecast, and I'm glad you are using and enjoying that letterhead.

  4. No abalone for me Bill, not a fan of seafood ☺

  5. I love these machines. I really do. They are huge but so, so well made. I'd love one, but I simply don't have the space.

  6. Happy belated Valentine's Day to you both too Bill ✨

  7. Happy Easter to you both Bill, have a good weekend ✨

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  9. Hi, just found this post. I have one of these machines too, from the same source, and am also having issues with the tab. Any advice about how to tighten the mainspring? Or a source you could direct me to? I can get along fine without tabs, but if it’s not a terribly difficult fix I’d attempt it.

    1. Sorry for the delay responding. I worked mostly 12 hours days and blogging fell by the way side. I've not looked at mine yet, Like most old typewriters that have not been used I suspect dirt and maybe carriage rail lubrication. I hope to post on mine when I work on it as I know of no source of help on the workings of the Ambassador.

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