Back in 2012 we started selling our vintage and antique wares at Kirribilli market just next to the Sydney Harbour bridge ( yes that's right , down under ! ). We had a few typewriters amongst our old bakelite phones , letterpress blocks and vintage cameras and we noticed a strange phenomena . Mainly young people and particularly teenagers would become quite breathless with excitement when spying a nice looking manual typewriter.
Since then we have found and got to know and work with a small band of original typewriter technicians and have cleaned , polished and restored literally hundreds and hundreds of portable manual typewriters from the 1920's through to the 80's. We've learnt a lot and enjoyed every minute. So while Charlie Foxtrot carries on as before in Australia we returned in early 2017 to Wiltshire in England to operate things here . We now have two small groups of highly skilled and experienced typewriter technicians that we work with in both the UK and in Australia with over 150 years experience between them all.
We are passionate about what we do . It makes us happy that we are helping to get these wonderful old machines working again and that we are keeping them from getting added to land fill . We love hearing from people who tell us that they just can't believe their young son or daughter has asked for a vintage typewriter for their birthday or Christmas . We're not surprised , we hear it pretty well everyday ! We sell our typewriters and ribbons to people of all ages from the very young who are fascinated with the mechanical action , to creative writers and poets who just can't achieve the same quality of writing with digital technology , to scrapbookers and artists and to the perhaps more mature amongst us who are sick of computers and software upgrades and just want to write a nice letter !
We love to help our customers explore how the vintage analogue world can inspire and enhance a slower and better way of life and whether you are looking to add a piece of history to your house , buy a beautiful gift for someone special or seeking creativity in your writing we invite you to browse through our online store.
Philip & Julie Chapman