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Yankee Typewriter on eBay Ingersoll Dollar

Writes Paul Robert in The Typewriter Sketchbook, “The Yankee is extremely rare.”1 And, indeed, it is. One appearing on eBay just sold for $2,500!

The Yankee was invented in the late 1800s by Robert Hawley Ingersoll, who also designed the Dollar. “Mechanically the Yankee and the Dollar are identical,” writes Robert, “But the Yankee had a slightly flatter, round dial with an indicator, making it slightly easier to use than the Dollar. For the rest it was identical: same wooden base, same metal wheel with rubber type, some hole for alignment in the wheel support, same clamp for hold the paper in place, same ink roller and primitive escapement.”

He adds that it is unclear as to which came first, the Dollar or the Yankee. (Note: An update is offered in this post.)

To read more about these machines and the inventor, visit Robert Messenger’s blog here. The patent for the Yankee/Dollar can be found here.

How rare is the Yankee? Well, I could find no images or advertisements for it (and, boy, did I search), nor are many likely to have survived. The Yankee is a simple tin device. The Dollar is more common, but even that machine is quite rare. Congratulations to whoever laid hands on this Yankee!

Quick update:
Richard Polt directed me to this advertisement —

1898 Yankee Advertisement

Writes up to 15 to 20 words a minute. Same quality as a Remington? Hmmmm… (See ad here.)

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  1. The Typewriter Sketchbook, Paul Roberts, 2007, pages 99-100 — see Google books. []
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  • Jay Johnson July 30, 2018, 1:19 am

    I do have a Yankee Typewriter which is in great shape. I would be interested in selling it. If you know someone that would be interested in buying it please let me know. Thanks Jay Johnson

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