Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sleeved portables parallels

A clipping from Popular Science of January 1938. The wonders of modern technology and engineering can make a portable so small that it slides in a briefcase. Not mentioned by name, but I think probably a Hermes Featherweight machine.


  1. Things haven't changed that much!
    Also, it wouldn't surprise me if this text was exactly the same: "This lightweight, compact {typewriter,laptop} has a standard keyboard of regular size".

    Very nice. :-)

  2. That's neat. I think you're right, that's a Hermes. It made a big impact and inspired imitators such as the Smith-Corona Zephyr.

  3. Haha, I like the striking parallels! And a Hermes Baby / Featherweight it is.

  4. "Alles schon mal dagewesen" :-)
    And it indeed is a hefty briefcase (and a sizeable envelope). Amazing this sold at the same time that e.g. RNP's sold as 'portables'.