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.”