The American 2 typewriter is very similar to the model 1 but its top index plate has a pronounced scalloped front and is slightly larger than the index plate found on the model 1.
This American 2 was sold by the Lyon Manufg. Co. of Toronto Ltd. Like the model 1 it typed from a rubber strip mounted onto the swinging sector. Inking was by two small felt rollers.
Its selling features were ease of learning, simple maintenance, portability, and a low price of only $8.
“The secret of most great inventions is their simplicity. Such an invention is the American $8.00 Typewriter which contains but 35 parts. The cost of the 1900 or more additional parts in the more complicated machines is money thrown away at the start, and they involve a still further expenditure to keep them in repair.”