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Dollar Typewriter

Wanted: The Dollar Typewriter

Very few typewriters were more basic in construction and in function as the Dollar, which, like its name suggests, cost just $1. The inventor of the typewriter was Robert Hawley Ingersoll who first produced it ca.1891 by his firm, the Robert H. Ingersoll & Bros. Co. of New York. The typewriter consisted of little more than a dial, ink roller, rails and a wood base.


One name variant of the Dollar typewriter was the American Toy Typewriter. See an original 1892 ad for it here...


Despite the Dollar having been a market failure it was produced again in the 1898 but with a different name: the Yankee.

See an original purchase form with testimonials for the Dollar typewriter here...

Have one for sale? Please email me at or call +1 860 729 2252

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