A visit to George Blackman’s

Last weekend I was down on the south coast again and on Saturday I made another jaunt to Bexhill.

Huzzah for George Blackman Business Equipment. A kind of secret typewriter shop! There’s not much on the outside of the shop to say what treasures are waiting inside.

The first item to greet you as you walk in at the moment is this lovely Continental.

Gavin Eldridge, partner in the business, gave me a warm welcome and was happy to show off some of the typewriters in the shop. The standard of work done on their machines is extremely high. Look how sparkling and bright the interior of this Olympia is.

Gavin was also very obliging when I asked if I could see inside some of the closed cases, and I tried out this next gorgeous Olympia.

There were more machines ready for sale in the shop than there was time for me to see them, and there was a healthy pile of machines waiting for repairs behind the counter. If you live in the UK and need expert help with repairs, or supplies, check out their website.

I had a good chin wag with Gavin and stocked up on ribbons and paper.

It was so heartening to visit a typewriter shop in such good fettle. I forgot I had a hangover while I was there!

Unfortunately it was raining when I came out of the shop so I didn’t fancy wandering about taking snaps of the seafront in the rain with my pack of A4 paper under my arm.

Back to St Leonard’s on the train. For once a fare I can’t quibble about, £3:50 round trip. Seagulls go free 😉

Sunday was gorgeous and sunny, and I took the Lettera 22 out onto the roof terrace. Typing and tea for two. Perfect.

5 thoughts on “A visit to George Blackman’s

  1. What a delightful visit. I see they have printed out the Olympia SM3 manual from my website! Nice to know that those documents are helpful around the world.

    I love the extensive train network in England.


  2. That’s great to see – the machines in their shop look gorgeous; inspires confidence in any repair or servicing that 🙂
    You’re reminding me now of visits to St Leonards, stopping there on holidays to have a look at the Gloster Meteor on the pedestal at the garage 🙂


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