Merritt Manufacturing Co.
Mortimer George Merritt
Original Price: $3.98-15 (US); $18 (Canada); 35s-£3 3s (Ireland); £3 3s (Scotland); Chickens
First Manufactured: 1890
This index machine was originally made to be a less expensive typewriter, known as "The People's Typewriter". At least by 1889, it was advertised as appropriate for boys and girls as well as adults. In one advertisement on November 23, 1898, in the Los Angeles Times, someone was asking to swap one Merritt Typewriter for chickens.