The Elgin Typewriter was invented ca.1889 by Frank Felt. It was produced by The Novelty Typewriter Company of Oswego, New York. The Elgin was just that, a "novelty" being comprised of nothing more than a 7" long piece of wood with tiny rubber stamps attached. It came with a crude platen/carriage which was also made cheaply of wood. The Elgin cost just 60¢ and was not marketed as a toy, but rather to working professionals.