The Little Bonanza was a very, very rudimentary index typewriter and, simply by definition, it was less of a typewriter than a stamping device. It was patented on August 21, 1883 as a "Type Writing Ruler" by its inventor, Reverend Henry B. Mead of Stonington, Connecticut. The Little Bonanza sold for just 50 cents and, because it was marketed towards children, it was ultimately just a toy. E.T. Palmer, also of Stonington, was its seller. The predecessor to the Little Bonanza was the similar Golden Rule Typewriter. Lastly, the actual typewriter was much smaller than the illustration depicts.