I have a machine that John Lavery has been looking for, for quite some time - an Olivetti-Underwood Editor II with the unique Diploma Typeface.
John used to be a technician for Olivetti-Underwood, and this machine has a special meaning for him.
You can feast your eyes on the machine with which he would like to be reunited:
The problem is that the machine is in the USA and John is in Australia. Shipping a 40-50 pound package between these two points is obscenely expensive .... Almost 3 times the value of the machine, or *starting* at $450 US for shipping by sea. IT IS SIMPLY INSANE. The best option I saw for air service was about $600. I can hardly believe how much this costs, but it is what it is.
Would some folks in the typosphere be willing to pitch in some cash to help defer the cost of shipping, so that I can get this machine to John? John has been a stalwart in the larger, global typosphere, and I would really like to see this machine in his hands.
I am dropping my sale price for him, by $50, and I am willing to put $25 toward shipping ($75 total). If 20 people would pitch in $15, raising $300 - I think that between my $25 and John, we could cover the rest.
**UPDATE 4/6/2014 ** fundraiser link, via YouCaring.
I can start a fund raiser campaign, and if we can spread the word - once we hit a predetermined target, it will end, and I'll ship the machine.
Thoughts? Crazy money, huh?!