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Dear Mr and Mrs Blackman

I am very pleased to confirm that I received safely the fine Olympia typewriter and am most please with it.  It is really lovely to have the machine which I had used, I would think for about 30 years or so, I would think.

Mrs Blackman your packing was superb and it must have taken me about 30 minutes to finally uncover the machine.

Sincere thanks to both of you for all your efforts and the fine service you give. I never imagined that I would come across a typewriter like this on the South Coast and I had almost given up looking for one.  I will of course, should the need arise, pass your details to anyone else who I come across who is searching for a machine like myself.

As I say, sincere thanks to you both for all you have done.  Best wishes for the future especially with your fine little business


John (Rochester)

30th May 2024



Dear Mr. Blackman,

This is just a short letter to say thank you for doing a superb job of servicing and repairing the Olympia Traveller de Luxe with cursive font.

It is now an absolute pleasure to type with now the carriage is fixed and the keys don't require a lot of pressure. It is also the perfect match for my Olympia calculator of the same vintage.

Yours sincerely

Gavin (Braintree)

16th March 2024



Dear Mr. Blackman,

I  received my Olivetti Lettera 22 today. It makes me so happy!

It arrived in excellent condition. The leather case is unscathed and has a working zipper. It is a joy to be typing with the same model once used by Leonard Cohen and Sylvia Plath.

The typewriter is beautifully designed and works very well.

I appreciate all the love and care you put into restoring it. This little machine is probably one of the most special gifts my husband has ever given me. I hope to put it to good use.

Many thanks

Ivy (Cambridge)

5th March 2024


I recently telephoned you and bought the burgundy Olympia SM3 typewriter, and I wanted to let you know it has arrived safely and I absolutely love it ! It looks, smells and types wonderful. I feel like Mrs Doyle off the episode of Father Ted, where she enjoys making the tea rather than using the new tea making machine, the ting of the bell, the carriage return, the sound of the keys. 

My Husband kept giving me funny looks every time the bell tinged as I was typing away on it, it was during his football match!

Thank you so much

Elizabeth (Hornsea)

19th January 2024

Dear Nicky

My beautiful Olivetti Lettera 32 has arrived safely (in it's enormous box!) in excellent shape due to the incredibly safe packaging.

Thank you so much.

I never dreamed, having decided to buy a manual typewriter for when the electricity cuts start being part of our lives on a regular basis, that I would own what is indistinguishable from a new machine.  Apart from the case it is impossible to tell that this typewriter is over fifty years old!

You have done a wonderful job of restoring this Olivetti to it's original condition. I will do my best to ensure that it stays this way for as long as I own it (it's going to outlast me, so I can't say more).

Now all I have to do is learn how to type on a typewriter again...

Kind regards 

Maryon  (Plymouth)

19th October 2023

Thanks to everyone on the team for the speedy dispatch of my 1930 Remington portable. It is such a beautiful machine and a pleasure to type on. I will be in touch regarding my Royal 10 - which could do with a little servicing.

Best wishes - Reece (London).

5th August 2023

Dear Nicky,

Typewriter arrived this afternoon. You pack these precious items really well. As you can see all unpacked now and working. It's hard to believe it was made in the 1960's, quality that has stood the test of time.


I took secretarial studies at school and learned to touch type. It was either that or get my Dad for history as he was a teacher at my school. Happy memories of the keyboard being covered and the teacher poking you with a ruler if you made a mistake.


The instructions booklet is very helpful as well. Will need to work on my margin spacing but I will have plenty time for that. Once again many thanks and all the best with your business. Wish I stayed closer so that I could visit the shop, maybe someday.


Your sincerely,

Ian Donaldson (Scotland) 

(Purchased Olympia SM8)

28th July 2023

Quicker delivery than Amazon – how did that happen !!!!

I absolutely love it – what a difference a little bit of TLC makes

Very happy customer.

Marie-Louise (Highworth)

(Purchased Olympia SM8)

23rd June 2023

Hi Team,

I wanted to write to thank you for the incredible Olivetti Lettera 32 I brought from you. It arrived earlier today and I haven't been able to pull myself away from it!

This is my first typewriter and I don't think I could have brought it from a better shop. It's honestly hard to believe that this is almost sixty years old with the amount of care that has gone into restoring it.

Many thanks again for your fantastic work. I'm definitely hooked on typewriters already and will go straight to you for my next one!

Kind regards,

Lawrence (Bournemouth)

1st June 2023

Dear Team,

I just wanted to write and send a small word of thanks for my absolutely beautiful 1939 Imperial typewriter, the Good Companion. I've been going through a difficult time lately and as an avid stationery  lover, this is a gift to myself and what a gift it is. I wanted you to know that your incredible restoration has come to someone who will enjoy it immensely for years to come. I'm confident that my typing will also improve over time!

Thank you again and I suspect that I'll be making more purchases of your beautiful work in the future.

Kindest regards,

Jo (Caerphilly)

26th April 2023

Hi George,


Thanks' for posting the typewriter out and just wanted to say thank you for refurbing it and the additional fix too.


Very much appreciated and I shall certainly be recommending you.

Kind regards


21st April 2023

I received, yesterday, the Hermes 3000 which you repaired and serviced for me.
It’s lovely, and now types beautifully. Thank you so much for your swift and thorough work.


I’m a happy customer!
David Miller

24th March 2023

Hi Gavin,

Just wanted to say thank you, I have received the typewriter back today (Olivetti Valentine) and I am very happy with it.


I am grateful there is a business like yours to service typewriters! Thank you for your hard work.


All the best

Thank you


Aleksandr Lvov

10th March 2023

Good Morning,

I am so delighted with the refurbishment that Neil carried out on my Good Companion Typewriter serial EO985.  It is so much better than I could have imagined and works perfectly, indeed I am sure it now functions just as it would have done 80 years ago.  


It is a working machine that will see regular use but also it is a delight to the eye sitting, as it does, in pride of place on my writing desk well away from this computer which is in a different room.  I could not possibly place them close together.


Thank you once again for the excellent refurbishment and please pass on my gratitude to all your staff, it was a pleasure to do business with you and I am sure that we will be in touch again.


Best Wishes

Graham (Bournemouth)

3rd March 2023

Good evening George,


Thank you so much for your prompt response.  Our order for a replacement ribbon is placed.


Whilst writing I must let you know how thrilled I was to receive this splendid little typewriter, it was in excellent condition. But even more gratifying for me was the expression on the face of my 13 year old granddaughter when she opened her gift on Christmas morning!! Who would have thought in this day and age of technology she would cherish a manual typewriter?


Thank you again.

Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Irene (Birmingham)

1st January 2023

Dear Mr Blackman,


I am delighted with the 1974 Olympia SM8, which was delivered recently very securely packaged.

The typeface is lovely and clear. I am a great fan of Elite 12 it's the best.

I am very pleased to discover that after almost 40 years away from a manual machine, I can still touch type.

Many thanks,

Sue (Ipswich)


24th October 2022


I just want to say thank you so much for the imperial good companion typewriter I ordered/ received last week.

It is absolutely stunning and has been restored to such a high standard.

Thanks again.

Andrew (Washington)


19th October 2022

Thank you for fixing my very elderly typewriter and 10 out of 10 for the packaging of it.

My son's 9 month old puppy helped with the unpacking of it until he found the packaging included white polystyrene pieces and then he was banned from the room and given the cardboard box to dismantle and that took him about an hour to shred to manageable pieces. However thank you for packing it so well, it arrived ok and the only thing I miss so far is the spell check so thank you for making a splendid job of it , it is good to have it back and in working order.

Kind Regards,

Anne (Manchester)

3rd October 2022



I just wanted to let you know that my Olympia 66 arrived safe and sound this afternoon. I am so utterly thrilled with it I cannot tell you.

So thank you so much. I'm sure I will need a new ribbon pretty soon lol. Thanks for your help.


Kind regards

Kerry (Eastbourne)

24th August 2022

Dear Neil,
My new (or old !) Splendid 66 arrived safe and sound yesterday! Well done on your packing skills - took me a good 5 mins getting it all off. The care you took for its journey up to Scotland was very much appreciated. Its condition is superb.

It looks wonderful, types like a dream, and the sound of this little machine is bliss. Great work on your part in keeping such lovely design classics going.

My Spendid 66 is a joy to type with.

Thank you
Elizabeth (Scotland)

11th August 2022



I just wanted to send a quick message to say that my Hermes 3000 arrived safely yesterday :) I haven’t had a chance to have a play yet but am looking forward to getting typing at the weekend.  


Thank you once again for the update and for the stunning Hermes 3000

Paula (Folkestone)


8th July 2022

Dear Sirs,


My Brother Deluxe typewriter arrived safely on the 8th June. I am absolutely delighted with it, it looks splendid and types beautifully. The keys seem to be made for my fingers, I think I will be typing forever on it.

Yours faithfully,

Julie (Stockton on Tees)


14th June 2022

The Team at - George Blackman Vintage Typewriters


Just a message to thank everyone for the excellent work done on both typewriters. The Hermes 'Baby' was in need of a service and the Corona Folding typewriter works very well and now looks better.


Thanks again,

Gaga (London)

14th June 2022

Good day 

Just a courtesy email to say the typewriter has arrived and thank you very much to everyone for a superb service I’m so happy I can use my machine now .

Have a nice weekend everyone 


Best wishes 

Edwina ,in the Isle of Man !


9th June 2022

Dear All at George Blackman,


I am writing to you on the typewriter which you have wonderfully restored so that I can use it again. Thank you very much to the engineer who worked on it, I am very grateful.


Beat Wishes,

Ann (Cambridgeshire)

8th May 2022

Recently purchased Adler Tippa (Orange colour), This is just delightful.


Gagan (London)

27th May 2022

Thank you for the Corona 3 folding typewriter, it's lovely and will be well maintained used and taken care of.

Gagan (London)

25th May 2022

Dear George Blackman Vintage Typewriters,

Thank you to everyone for this wonderful typewriter. I wanted you to be the first letter typed on my new typewriter.

This typewriter brings back some beautiful memories of my dear Mum, who brought me my first Hermes Baby, as a well done gift for passing my exams.

Thank you once again.

My kindest Regards,

Barbara (Kent)

4th May 2022

Dear Mr George Blackman, 


I am writing to say how pleased I am with the Hermes 3000 Curvy that I recently purchased from you. It has been expertly serviced and types beautifully, just like my other Hermes 3000 (box type) that I bought from at your website. The Voss (rebranded Oliver) and Splendid 33 also work flawlessly bought some time ago from you. 


Thank you once again and please pass on my thanks to members of your team. 


Yours Sincerely, 


Joslyn (Brighton)

11th April 2022

I just wanted to thank you for my recent purchase of the Olivetti Valentine typewriter.


It looks like a brand new typewriter that I’d just travelled back to 1969 and purchased! 

I had been after an earlier model one in excellent vintage condition so was really happy to find you had one for sale on your website.

You’ll be pleased to know that it’s not just for decoration but an actual working typewriter.

It sits proudly in my studio where I run my embroidery business from and I will enjoy typing thank you letters to my customers and also working first drafts of my short stories on it.

I wanted a simple light and delicate typewriter for my small hands and this suits me perfectly.

I absolutely love it and will cherish it for years to come.


Thanks again 

Natalie (Hove)

31st March 2022

Hello again George

I have just received my Princess 300 and yet again I’m delighted; gorgeous machine which is very beautiful to look at. Over the past couple of years I’ve bought a total of four typewriters from yourselves and I’m always confident in the knowledge I won’t be disappointed.

Many thanks yet again

Kind regards


4th March 2022

Another satisfied customer:- Purchased Olympia Traveller portable.


Now sitting on my beautiful rosewood desk, Captains chair waiting. Given a quick sentence. Think we will write together wherever I travel!


Many thanks,


Norah (Coggeshall)

25th February 2022

Hi Gavin,


All arrived safe and sound, what a beauty! (Purchased Hermes 3000)


Thanks so much,



Piers (London)

17th February 2022

Many thanks for the work done on my typewriter, its made it like new I can't believe how good it is. Arrived in perfect condition due to the excellent packing you did.


Again many thanks,


Nigel  (Somerset)

15th February 2022

Thank you so much for my new Olympia Traveller de Luxe S Typewriter, it is a wonderful piece of engineering and has been beautifully restored. I like it so much I would really like to purchase another of the same model, would it be possible to source one for me or to let me know when one becomes available?


With kind regards,


Iain (Eastbourne)

14th February 2022

Hi Nicky,


Please pass on my sincere thanks to the person who serviced William’s typewriter. I bought it for my son last Christmas on eBay from a lady in Manchester but no sooner did William start to type with it, it broke down. He went from being ecstatic to deeply disappointed within an hour.

It arrived back from you today and William has been typing on it all evening – he is absolutely delighted. Not only is it working beautifully, but it’s had such a good spruce up that it looks almost new again.


You really have made a 13-year-old boy extremely happy. I am very grateful for your help.


Many thanks and kind regards,



11th February 2022

Hi there


Just wanted to let you know the typewriter was delivered in good order and I am absolutely delighted…it looks fab. I am sure my husband will love it and if this becomes a ‘bug’ we will be in touch I’m sure to get the Hermes 3000 when you get one in. If you have the time perhaps you could message me when one becomes available.


Many thanks again

Best wishes,

Terri (Cheltenham)

17th January 2022

Dear Mr Blackman,


Have received the Silverette ll typewriter this afternoon I just wanted to say thank you. The packing of the machine was excellently done and the item received in tip top condition. It makes a pleasant change to buy from a company that knows how to pack the items they send out.

So once again a big thank you and a Merry Christmas to you all.


Russell (Slough)

23rd December 2021

Dear Mr Blackman,


I just wanted to thank you so very much for my beautiful typewriter (Hermes baby) which arrived today. It types beautifully and I can see the care you’ve taken cleaning it etc. 


This is my very first manual typewriter (since learning on one many moons ago) and I’m beyond excited to own it. It’s brought back a lot of memories too. 


It is going to be joining me on my new eco business venture, sometimes (quite often actually) the old way is the best way. 


Many thanks and kind regards,


Becky (Broadstone)

15th December 2021


My Imperial ‘Good Companion’ arrived safely yesterday. It’s a Christmas present for my wife, so while she’s out today I’ve unboxed it, read the instructions, and typed out a Happy Christmas message for her on it. It works superbly.

Very happy with this beautiful machine, thank you.


Kind regards,

J (Nottingham)

8th December 2021

Dear Mr Blackman,

My Beautiful typewriter has arrived safe and sound and I've tried it, and it's really lovely. Now it is going away as it is a Christmas gift and I can't wait until I can use it properly.

Thank you so much for the very good service, I absolutely love it.

Kind Regards,


Alison (Tarbet, Scotland)

28th October 2021

Dear George Blackman,


I just wanted to thank you and your team for my typewriter (1937 Imperial The Good Companion) which I ordered at the beginning of September. My typewriter arrived within 2 days of ordering and was extremely well packaged.

I am over the moon with it. It has been years since I have used a typewriter and the sound of the keys hitting the paper and the bell is wonderful.


Thanks again.

Kind regards

Sui (Bromley, Kent).

16th October 2021

Dear Mr. Blackman,

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with my fabulous Olympia SM9. I trained on one,  passed my exams on one and worked professionally on one. Now I own one! Quite simply, it is the best manual I have ever used and it never let me down. It is such a joy to be using again a machine that will never need recharging, updating or upgrading - and one well out of the reach of hackers and snoopers.

Thank you so much to you and all your team for restoring these beautiful and iconic typewriters. It is like meeting up again with an old friend.

Yours sincerely,

Jan (Kettering)

20th September 2021

Dear George Blackman,

I would have dropped you a line on my new typewriter but just wanted to let you know the machine arrived safely and I am delighted with it. Love my old Remington but some correspondence does need this newer model and then there is the novel I have yet to write!

Many thanks,

Sherry (Templecombe)

30th July 2021

Thank you so much for the typewriter which has just arrived. Super service. Really pleased with my purchase arrived less than 24 hrs after I ordered it.


Many thanks.


Carol (Birmingham)

14th July 2021


I have just received the typewriter. Very good work and very pleased. Thank you very much.

Alfred (Calne)

7th July 2021

Dear George,

Many thanks for the excellent service. Love the typewriter (Adler Junior 20).

Anne (Macclesfield)

30th June 2021

Dear George and Neil,

I am writing to express my thanks to you for repairing and servicing my little 1929 Corona Special, which I now have the pleasure in using to type this letter. It is a joy to use as well as being a beautiful  looking machine.

As a collector of  antique/vintage things in general and typewriters in particular, it is comforting to know that there are still craftsmen such as yourselves with the skills to repair and keep these cherished machines in working order.

I am also grateful to you for finding a suitable key-top to replace a missing one on another of my old typewriters.

I am sure I will be in contact with you again in the future with another typewriter 'rescue' but until then, my grateful thanks and kind regards.

Your Sincerely,

Sheila (Bracknell)

23rd June 2021

Dear Neil,


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.


Kind regards,


Martin (London)

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.

Kind regards

Christine (Saltburn by the Sea)

30th April 2021

Dear George


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. :)


Best Wishes


Vicki (Hampshire)

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. 


Kind regards, 

Ian (Scotland)

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!



Martin (Belfast)

20st April 2021

Dear George,

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.

Hugh  (Nottingham)

26th March 2021

I received the typewriter today. (Silver Reed-Silverette racing green)

Absolutely thrilled, it's like new!

Thank You

Jeanette (Exeter)

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

Dear Sirs,

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,

Ian (Dover)

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!!

Best wishes

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.


Kind regards,

David (Lincolnshire)

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
Kathy (Chatham)

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.

Jeannette (Gillingham)

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.

Many thanks
Barbara (Stockton-on-Tees)

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.


Barbara (York)

29th October 2020

Dear Sirs,

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.

Many thanks,

Lois (Suffolk)

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


Rosalind (Hednesford)

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...

Justine (Tiverton)

7th October 2020

Good morning,

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,


Richard (Ayrshire)

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,

Erin (Norwich)

18th August 2020

Hello there,

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!


Lesley (Dronfield)

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.

Yours Sincerely,

Sally (West Midlands)

6th July 2020

Hi there,

Just wanted to say that I have received my Junior Adler in the post safe.

Working beautifully and in fabulous condition.

Thanks so much!

Camilla (Northwich)

2nd July 2020

Dear George,


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!

Mark (Todmorden)

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.

Best wishes,

Lisa (Gloucester)

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.

Thanks again,


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!

Many thanks,



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.


Kind Regards,

Anne (Leicester)

11th May 2020

Dear George,

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.

Kind Regards,


9th May 2020

Dear George,

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.


Thank you,

Christine (Manchester)


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.

Thanks again,

Maggie (Kirby)

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.


Your Sincerely,

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.

Kind Regards,

Lorna (Tisbury)

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,

Peter (Beccles)

Dear George,

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.


Kind regards,

Derek  (Edinburgh)

Dear all,
           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.


Sylvia (Biddulph)

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

Angie (Dublin)

Dear All,


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?


Many thanks,


Lindsay (Oban)

Dear George,

Just to let you know the Imperial Good Companion typewriter arrived safely at lunchtime. It is beautiful, thank you.

Best wishes,


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.

Yours  sincerely 

Denise (Telford)

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

Good Arfternoon,

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.


Best Wishes,


Lola (Chichester)

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,

Adele (Darlington)

Dear George

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!


Many thanks,


Max  (Bedford)

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.


Yours sincerely,

Pat (Boxgrove) 

Dear George,

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.

Best wishes,

Nick (London)

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. 


Anna (Rye)

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.


Caroline  (Brighton)

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