Note: The history of the Montana line of typewriters is posted here.
The Montana Luxe, intoduced in 1950, was a licensed copy of the Hermes Baby. It was produced by Montana SpA of Torino, Italy, and sold in European and American markets.1 It was offered with either QWERTY and QWERTZ keyboards.
Montana produced several versions of this machine. Later models, like the re-branded Packard (featured in my collection here), had plastic bodies, and were sold in discount department stores. Early Montanas, however, were better built. Writes Robert Messenger at Oz.Typewriter, the Montana “really yells out for a good workout… it simply zips along at a great old rate.”2
I lately acquired this Montana Luxe, ser. no. 22408, on eBay. The word “Luxe” is not displayed on the paper table, as on other specimens of this machine, but it is doubtless a Luxe. The platen measures 25mm, as described at TypewriterDatabase.com.3 The platen on a later model, sometimes called the 102, measures 32mm.
My Luxe is a near-perfect copy of the Hermes Baby/Rocket, with a glossy, dark green finish. The label on the top of the machine reads “Montana, Florence – Italia.”
As seen at TypewriterDatabase.com.
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