That text from Flea Market Treasures looks very familiar. It may have been that book, or an earlier edition, that turned me into a mad typewriter collector in 1994. I wrote to Paul Lippman, in Hoboken, who told me that he wasn't publishing his newsletter anymore but did have a book for sale (American Typewriters: A Collector's Encyclopedia). The rest is history.
I knew photographing that book was a good idea!
ah the hermes 3000... I admit I rarely use mine. It's not that I dislike it, I guess there are just other machines I enjoy typing on more. Nice typeface too!