A great and rare vintage find – a fabulous old Hermes Rocket typewriter from the mid century. Circa 1950’s-60’s. A superb early typewriter collectible made in Switzerland. Original hard-shell case. (For info and lots more photos, go to the sweetcottagecharm Ebay link at right…)
A superb vintage typewriter addition for a collection and/or for use and display.
Hermes typewriters were designed in Switzerland, home of precision engineering; and they were built with all the Swiss passion for moving mechanisms and solid craftsmanship.
The Rocket is a direct descendent of the Hermes Baby, the original subcompact portable typewriter. Really, very little about it had changed across 30 years. The Baby/Rocket was so popular that Hermes licensed its designs to many other manufacturers. Subsequently, you can find very similar-looking typewriters under a host of names. I n the 1960s, Smith-Corona bought out the British Typewriters Ltd factory which had manufactured Rockets under license for Hermes. Smith-Corona used up the standing inventory of parts by re-labeling the machine as the Smith-Corona Empire. They weren’t many of those made, and they are of high interest to collectors as a transitional artifact.