Many thanks for the safe arrival of the Olivetti Lettera 22 - it exceeds expectations, a lovely machine as you say.
You might like to know that the font is what sold it to me - I’m sure you don’t need me to encourage you to continue to feature that line of text in your descriptions but it’s probably worth you knowing that’s what tipped the balance.
The ribbons arrived too, so more thanks.
3rd June 2021
My lovely typewriter (Maritsa 30),
Thank you so much. It's just arrived. Superbly packed in a recycled box.
Excellent no fuss service. I'm thrilled.
Christine (Saltburn by the Sea)
30th April 2021
What an apt name for the typewriter Olympia Splendid 33- it certainly is a splendid machine and I am SO pleased with it!
It is exactly what I wanted, a well made, reliable typewriter that is not dissimilar to the genre that I used at school (back in the mid 1960s) during my typing lessons. Memories of touch typing to The William Tell Overture and I was often late with my “Carriage Return” !!
The main reason for my purchase is that I have a lot of my late Dad’s memories of growing up in the 1920’s and other recollections. Dad passed away almost two years ago at the age of almost 96 and loved to talk about “The Old Days” so about ten years ago I scribbled down in an exercise book lots of stories and dates and family information to treasure when he was no longer with us. Time i think for all that to be neatly collated and as I am not exactly au fait with some of the complications of my computer, I decided to go back to something I am familiar and comfortable with.
I intend to put some good old 1960s music on whilst I tap away just to create a lovely nostalgic atmosphere!
I certainly soon felt familiar with my Olympia so I am sure there will be no stress involved using it (unlike my Mac).
Thank you for your prompt service and careful packaging. I am, Dear Sir, another very satisfied customer. :)
21st April 2021
Greetings, just a few lines to say thank you for the typewriter (Olympia SM8) which arrived safely today, I am delighted and amazed at the remarkable condition, I'm sure it will give many years of trouble free service. It matches perfectly the office calculator which I bought new in 1975 and is still going strong (with the occasional whack)!
Wishing you continued success.
21st April 2021
Hi George, Olympia SM4 just arrived and looks fantastic. Counting down the minutes until work finishes to I can get stuck into it - many thanks for the prompt service!
20st April 2021
I just wanted to send an email of thanks for the beautiful Olympia SM4 I received today. This is a gift for my dad for his 60th birthday and he’s going to absolutely love it. I don’t know much (anything!) about typewriters, but it looks like it’s fresh from a factory floor.
Thanks so much and best wishes.
26th March 2021
I received the typewriter today. (Silver Reed-Silverette racing green)
Absolutely thrilled, it's like new!
18th March 2021
Good afternoon George,
I just wanted to say thank you very much for Ruby (Olympia SM2). She arrived yesterday and she's just lovely! My touch typing that I learnt at school all these years ago is coming back and it's great to type on a proper keyboard again.
Many thanks too for the expert way she was packed, a very safe journey.
Now, I need to stop looking at your website, My love of typewriters has been awoken!
I didn't realise typewriters had so many typefaces.
Jane (West Lothian)
17th March 2021
I wanted to send a quick note to thank you for your help with my Olivetti Lettera 25, although a sad end to its life. I will certainly keep it displayed as a piece of art, even though I can no longer type with it.
However, I am more than delighted with my Olympia SM2, you were absolutely correct in saying that it is a cut above the Lettera. It screams quality and so well made. It is a dream to type on.
The whole experience has taught me that these machines, whilst old are precision instruments that need careful maintenance and deep respect, and that sourcing them needs an expert not a quick sale on ebay!
I am certainly looking forward to coming to visit your shop and have a browse. As mentioned on the telephone, I would certainly be interested in an Olympia SG1 or a Hermes 3000 if the price is reasonable. I will keep an eye on your website.
I am so glad that these machines are seeing a resurgence and it is great news to know that there are dedicated technicians keeping them and their traditions going for us and future generations.
Thank you again, and I hope to be able to see you soon.
With very best regards,
16th March 2021
I just wanted to let you know that my typewriter arrived safely today in its new home of North Devon.
I am absolutely thrilled with it, it has surpassed all my expectations and I can’t wait to try it out!!
Thank you for listening to my questions and helping me, I feel incredibly fortunate to have found your business on line and would whole heartedly recommend you to anyone wanting to explore the magical word of vintage typewriters!!
When I publish my first book I will dedicate it to your team!!
17th February 2021
Dear George Blackman and Crew,
Many thanks for your speedy dispatch of my new Silver Reed Silverette, which was only ordered on Sunday, January 31st.
It has just arrived – 10.15 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2nd - and I am delighted. It is exactly what I wanted; a small, no-nonsense basic typewriter without unnecessary fancy features.
Why do I need one? Because my writing has deteriorated considerably over the last few years, and I can now add notes quickly, for example, to Compliments Slips in a way which, using the computer, would be considerably more difficult.
I wanted to be sure I purchased a machine that would work straight away without compromise, and this is exactly what this little typewriter does.
2nd February 2021
My 12 year old daughter has wanted a ‘real’ typewriter for a long time and I bought a Erika 105 for her from you this Christmas. I thought you would like to know that it has been dubbed her “best Christmas present ever” and she is spending hours and hours writing “her first novel” on it! She has also typed a letter to her Uncle who is in the Parachute Regiment and currently overseas on Operations. I know from the website George was also in the Paras at one stage so thought he might be interested to learn this!
So thank you very much for this beautifully-preserved machine. Makes such a wonderful change to seeing her with a smartphone in her hand!
Sophie and Dora (Sunbury)
2nd January 2021
Dear George Blackman,
I would like to say how thrilled I was to receive an Imperial, The Good Companion, for my birthday. I was beyond excitement that at the ripe old age of 53, to finally have my very first manual typewriter! As it was a surprise gift, I was not involved in the sale but my husband has sung your praises on your professional service, and excellent packaging/delivery.
You have clearly treated it with the upmost love and care as it truly is a thing of beauty.
I am delighted to be its new owner and will treasure it for years to come, merrily tap-tapping away for hours on the old keyboard.
Many many thanks
14th December 2020
I have just had Ken on the phone, he is so thrilled with the typewriter which arrived today.
He truly sounded like Christmas had arrived early for him.
I am so grateful:
1 He won't nag me anymore.
2. You've made an old boy very happy
3. He was particularly impressed with the packaging
4. I was so impressed with the helpful phone conversation I had, before the purchase.
You have truly proved to be quality people dealing in quality items.
A Merry Christmas to you all.
7th December 2020
I just wanted to thank you for my beautiful little typewriter, safely received this morning. It is just what l wanted and l am delighted with it. I am very impressed by your professional service and l can see by the loving and caring way you packed it how much you put into your business. I appreciate it. Rest assured l will take very good care of it.
Thank you again
With my very best wishes
Helene (Gants Hill)
5th December 2020
Delighted with the arrival of the Olympia SM9 typewriter earlier today, such speedy delivery!
Packaging was excellent, and as typewriter was revealed it took me back very much to my younger years as a school secretary, which was my first job reliant on lots of typewriter usage.
Been sat typing and absolutely loved it.. so pleased with the quality and high maintenance standard.
4th December 2020
Received the Olympia SM9 today many thanks, looks amazing, it's my daughters Christmas present she will love it.
30th October 2020
Just a note to say a BIG thank you for all the work you have carried out on my 60+ year old Remington typewriter, it looks amazing and i'm so greatful. I hope my granddaughter will look after it for the next 60 years.
Thank you once again and best wishes for the future.
29th October 2020
I want to thank you for your excellent service. As I was unpacking the typewriter and got to see the case I was amazed at how 'modern' it was! When I was able to get it out of the packaging and look at it I had tears. I just couldn't believe that it was the age it was!. To me it looked as if it had just come off the production line! The lady who does my blood test used to type and when she saw it she said to me "Are you sure it's 1970's?".
The nicest manual I have ever used. I was at a newly built secondary school from 2nd year on and the commerce room was incredible. We had Imperial 70's.Underwood, Royal. Olivetti and Olympia's all brand new! One Adler electric, which I stupidly did my Pitman's typing intermediate and failed!! I got a distinction when I used a manual! So yes this portable is a lovely typewriter and I haven't Google screaming at me to do it their way!! I can type as fast as I can think, but no longer on computers. I longed for a typewriter, I am so very grateful.
27th October 2020
Thank you for your prompt despatch of my Imperial Safari portable typewriter I received it yesterday as promised and it was beyond my expectations, Love it.
Thank you so much
7th October 2020
To the Blackman team,
Thank you so much for the very prompt delivery of my gleaming Royal Portable. What a handsome devil it is and remarkably spry too, thanks no doubt to your skilful servicing. Using a manual again after so many years has reminded me of just how very satisfying it is to tap at those keys. No excuse for uneven pressure or sloppy spelling.
Keep up the good work, I fear I have been bitten by the bug and will be visiting your online shop again before long...
7th October 2020
Just to say the Smith-Corona was delivered back to me safe and sound. Delighted with the servicing of it and will now give it to my daughter who is about to start work as an English teaching assistant. A family heirloom from her grandmother who was herself an English teacher.
Many thanks and kindest regards,
10th September 2020
Dear Mr. Blackman,
Thank you for sending me the Olympia typewriter, so promptly (it arrived the next day) and so well packaged. I love it, although as you can probably see I need some practice in order to do it justice. So much more satisfying to use than a computer keyboard and a big improvement on the electric beast I was using before. Oh the joy of hearing that little bell and returning the carriage manually!
It looks very much at home in it's new surroundings, appropriately a 1960 chalet complex with pine louvre cupboard doors, but it will not be sitting idly looking 'authentic' as it will get plenty of use. Incidentally I do not regard it as particularly 'vintage' as it is twenty years younger than me!
You cannot imagine what a pleasure it is to own this machine especially at such a depressing time. I only wish I had known about you before but did not discover you till earlier this year when I needed a ribbon for The Beast.
Wishing you all the best,
18th August 2020
I Just wanted to get in touch and say thanks very much indeed for the brilliant Imperial 220, which works excellently.
This is my first typewriter, and I look forward to using it for years to come on all sorts of projects.
It'll be cared for and treasured!
Jon (Forest of Dean)
31st July 2020
The Olympia Splendid arrived this morning. It's a beauty, the condition is amazing and it types perfectly. It'll make a beautiful present. Thank you so much!
15th July 2020
Dear Mr Blackman,
Thank you so much for the wonderful Adler, I just love it! so many memories and such fun. A good solid and easy to use machine which I know will bring many hours of good use. It may take me awhile to adjust but it'll be worth it.
Thank you again for such a wonderful, well packed and magical typewriter.
Sally (West Midlands)
6th July 2020
Just wanted to say that I have received my Junior Adler in the post safe.
Working beautifully and in fabulous condition.
Thanks so much!
2nd July 2020
Just a quick note to say the typewriter (Adler Gabriele 25) has arrived safe and sound, and we have already been busy typing and experimenting with formats etc.
It is a delight and seems to be working perfectly.
Thanks so much!
29th June 2020
Dear Mr Blackman,
I just wanted to get in touch and say thank you so much for my Adler Tippa S, I am absolutely delighted with it, it is a beautiful typewriter. Having grown up in the 80's and the dawn of the personal computer, the only typewriter I had was one to play with, even though I am probably the last generation who attended secretarial college.
Over lockdown I have found myself corresponding more and more by post (actual letters not emails!) and I thought what a wonderful idea it would be to have an actual typewriter to whizz a letter off on. Really, I should be corresponding with you by typewriter, however even though I can type at 100 wpm, I still need a little time to get used to the Adler; not quite the same as a laptop! Not sure I will go as far as typing out my novel manuscripts on it, but I am absolutely in love with it; I feel like i've been transported to a different era, I just love the little 'ping' sound.
27th June 2020
Thank you for the prompt shipping of the Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter, I'm very pleased with it. It's like going back to driving without power steering.
25th June 2020
I just wanted to say, the Olivetti is absolutely beautiful, and I can't wait to start using it. I'm just trying to familiarise myself with the various functions first. I'm really pleased with the condition it is in and it looks as though it's barely been used in it's 60-odd years of life!
20th June 2020
Dear Messrs Blackman,
I wanted to write to thank you so very much for the beautiful Imperial 220 which arrived safely today. I have already written three letters with it and am completely enamoured! I have no doubt it will prove to be a wonderful companion (not that my husband isn't also great, ha ha), particularly as we see through this awful pandemic. I will certainly recommend your outstanding shop to the typewriter enthusiasts in my life.
With all good wishes,
10th June 2020
I'm just emailing to confirm the safe arrival of the 1960's Impex Maria portable, which we are delighted with.
Many thanks for taking such good care with the packaging. As it's for our daughter's 18th birthday in July, we haven't used it yet but are really looking forward to trying it out!
Many thanks again,
8th June 2020
I just wanted to write and thank you so much for the excellent service you provided in supplying me with my typewriter purchase. I ordered the typewriter on Thursday and it arrived the following Monday in perfect condition, complete with instruction booklet and carry case. It was a lovely surprise for me to get it so quickly.
I have wanted a vintage typewriter for a long time and finally decided to treat myself. I ordered the Olympia Monica, a beautiful refurbished machine which I shall be making good use of.
11th May 2020
Adler Tippa arrived safely as it was incredibly well packaged, it is indeed a thing of beauty. Can't wait to get typing, don't think i've been this excited since I bought my first camera!
Thank you for your amazing service, I shall definitely be recommending your company to anyone else I know who wants a typewriter of quality and the assurance that it will arrive in perfect condition and working order.
9th May 2020
Thank you so much for the fast delivery of my Olympia typewriter, I have had a practice after 55 years since last using one and it was brilliant. I have been thinking of buying one for a long time and am so pleased that I chose your shop.
Just to say I'm absolutely delighted with the magic you have worked on my Remington manual typewriter, it looks lovely and I've been able to test it out, though it's quite a stretch to adjust from the light/quick touch required for a computer keyboard to the slower heavier touch on a proper typewriter!
And thanks for your advice on packing and posting.
Dear Mr Blackman,
Many thanks for the prompt delivery of Olympia Traveller typewriter which I received the very next day.
I wish to let you know that I am very pleased with it and will get much pleasure from it.
Once again my sincere thanks to you.
Mary (Combe Martin)
Dear Mr Blackman,
I would like to thank you for the lovely portable Olivetti 22 made in Glasgow.
It arrived in a very well padded box safely and in perfect condition.
It is a great little machine, which I have wrapped up as my birthday present for my husband however I do admit to tying it out first.
I was so tempted to keep it for myself as I tried it out and loved it, at first I had a problem with the keys sticking but I blame my poor technique of not taking care to press the keys carefully and clustered three together too quickly.
Thank you again for your valued attention.
I shall buy another typewriter soon for myself, I know that I will buy it from you as you are the most reliable to buy from. It is not always possible to feel so secure and confident as it has been with you for making an online purchase, this makes a huge difference of course.
I am very grateful.
Good morning to you all,
I'm rather late sending this email but I wanted to say thank you for fixing up my old Remington Noiseless portable, it's really very much appreciated.
To find people who work on vintage equipment is a blessing. I hope that you are fulfilled by it as well as enjoying a successful business.
With my very best wishes,
Just to say I am delighted with my recent purchase of the Hermes 3000 which is in incredibly good condition and very clean.
Types like a dream!
Thank you for your continued good service.
Just to let you know my typewriter Olympia SM2 (1953) arrived safely yesterday morning. After spending most of the day just looking at it I finally plucked up the courage to write something and I am absolutely thrilled with it. Many thanks for your great service and prompt delivery.
Good afternoon, George and Neil
I'm delighted with the SM9. Very impressed with the packaging too! In gorgeous condition and a pleasure to use.
When my hubby unwrapped it at the office yesterday, he sent me a photo, with the comment "It's the new combined keyboard and printer!" :)
All the very best
Just a note further to the recent order when there was a problem with delivery of one of your typewriters which got 'stuck' in Glasgow!
After having the machine for a few days now, and after my brother and I sorted out how to use it, on Mum's behalf (apparently that's what sons and daughters are for!), my 86 yr old Mum says she's delighted with it. It's a beautiful machine, beautifully restored, and your customer service in chasing up the problem in Glasgow was exemplary. So much better than the brand-new one she'd seen in a magazine and which when I did some internet research was reviewed as rubbish. Why go brand-new when you can go classic excellence?
Just to let you know the Imperial Good Companion typewriter arrived safely at lunchtime. It is beautiful, thank you.
The Glenmorangie Company
Leith Street, Edinburgh
Dear Mr Blackman,
A few lines to thank you so much for the typewriter which arrived this morning, I'm so pleased with it, you were so prompt with my enquiry and helped me to make a good choice.
A pleasure these days, as few companies are as accommodating and helpful, and keep their word to the letter.
Thank you again for your great service and hope to do business with you in the future.
Dear Mr Blackman and Company,
I am absolutely thrilled with the wonderful service you have provided. I ordered the typewriter (red Everest, 1951) on Tuesday evening and it arrived in wonderful working order on Thursday morning. It was carefully and safely packed, and the care clearly given to restoring the typewriter is truly beautiful.
Thank you again for your wonderful service
With very best wishes,
Dr James McGrath
Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing Leeds Beckett University
My Adler Tippa has just arrived and I have been practising the usual phrases for typing, and all is well.
I will be using the typewriter next week, so will get back to you if necessary, though i am sure all will be splendid.
Thank you so much for your prompt delivery and careful packing.
I am really pleased and very happy to begin my project next week using my lovely Adler Tippa.
Dear Mr Blackman,
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the love and attention spent on restoring the beautiful Royal 'O' 1937 typewriter that I received so efficiently and promptly today.
It is a wondrously beautiful and elegant piece of machinery and I am in love with it already.
Thank you so much for doing what you do - and for the excellent sales and delivery service.
With kind regards,
Just a short thank you for restoring these wonderful machines. I gave up my Beaucourt Reporter for a laptop over 30 years ago, but a couple of years back I bought an Olivetti 32 on Etsi for a song, and surprisingly it was in very good shape. I gave it to my sister, foolishly thinking that I was over that fad, but recently I realised that I could not do without all that noise and effort. So, I turned to the experts, and I'm very glad I did - pristine, works a treat, and of course it is so much better writing with a huge grin on your face.
Not much technology is beautiful, but some typewriters are, and you deserve a medal for allowing us to purchase them at all!
Dear Mr Blackman,
I am writing to say how very pleased I am with the restoration work you did to my Olympia typewriter. When my friend took it to your workshop it was a broken shabby machine, much used in the past before the advent of the computer era but long since retired. When my friend brought it home to me I hardly recognised it as the same sorry looking machine he had taken away. It is glossy and handsome, working in all its parts and a pleasure to use once again. The case also looks good, you have repaired the broken handle and worked on the cover, altogether given it a new life.
I am delighted and satisfied with the work, thank you.
The typewriter arrived safe and sound this morning.
It is working just great. In fact it has never worked better.
So thank you for putting it into tip-top, ship-shape.
A typewriter enthusiast's mecca! I have been taking my typewriters (of which I probably have too many) to be serviced, cleaned and generally cared for by Neil and Gavin for some time and they are fantastic. I have also purchased a couple of collectable typewriters from them at very competitive prices. Their knowledge of machines is awe-inspiring and I can while away a happy hour or two in their company discussing makes, mechanics and manufacture. As a collector i've learned a great deal from them. I have always found them extremely professional, courteous and eminently trustworthy. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Thank you so much for bringing back to life my in-laws typewriters - my husband is so happy to have them part of his life again- brilliant service and again thank you.