Welcome to the 21st century, laden with log-ins, perplexed by passwords and connected by cookies. Exponential advances in communications technology give us a plethora of ways to shout out, find out, shop or work from home! A virtual world of pixels, auto-corrected typos, faked reality; every input and keystroke digitised, monitored and analysed. Touch screens, texts and torrents of emails fill our days, yet to me they lack soul, a deep-seated connection complete with its inaccuracies and mistakes............... a character! The intimate immediacy of the typewriter's mechanical, percussive taps connecting ink ribbon onto paper.......a relationship! Whether you yearn for the 'golden days', swoon for the silver screen or just want to get creative in a 'back to basics' way we might just have the machine for your fingertips. - Ohmsi
From First World War Corona 3 foldaway antiques through to post digital-revolution plastics. We currently stock upward of 60 machines in various states of repair. They are assessed for serviceability then thoroughly cleaned and fettled, bringing them back for a second life to be sold via our Etsy shop.
These are substantial machines, normally purchased for office/business use. Our oldest, an Empire No.1 dates back to 1892! The most recent is the sophisticated 1970s Hermes Ambassador (almost a word-processor in its mechanical form). There is a market for 'Key-chopping' but our policy is where possible to restore to working condition, if that is not practical then machines are eventually broken for spares and 'creative up-cycling'. These are generally long-term projects, collectors items of which some have been loaned out as props for theatre etc.
Antique generally implies over 100 years old however in the typewriter world, we're edging our bets as machines made in the 1930s/40s are considered borderline antique, being of similar design to earlier machines. Vintage tends to refer to mid-century onwards. These can be between 35 - 70 years old are often easier to use and maintain.