The Hermes typewriters were produced in Switzerland by a company named Paillard, located in Yverdon. Even thought Paillard manufactured standard typewriters since the 1920s, it was not until the 30s, with the launch of portable models, that they started to have success and worldwide recognition. In 1932 they created an all-steel portable, the Hermes 2000, and in 1935, the revolutionary Hermes Baby was launched, totally re-inventing the ultra-portable segment. One year later a lighter version of the Hermes 2000 was produced and named Hermes Media, which was again re-worked in 1958, to produce the Hermes 3000.
The Hermes 3000 unique features and innovations include: a control panel grouping all the service keys, 4 positions for the ribbon (to maximize ink use), the world’s first flying margins (visible in front of the sheet of paper), a control board grouping all the service keys, and a key pressure regulator.