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The Typewriter Database 1884 Sun 1 (index) Serial # 1140 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard: 1884 Sun 1 (index) Serial # 1140 This beautiful and early index typewriter predates the Odell typewriter patent of 1889, which would copy this design of a sliding selector at right angles to the carriage with great success.

This example is the first version of the Sun index, with no carriage shift lever (a rod is lifted for spacing), two ink rollers (not one) and a platen that is covered with fine stitched kid leather. In addition, the characters that print to the paper are metal, while on later versions this part would be hardened rubber.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Martin Howard:
1884 Sun 1 (index)

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1884 Sun 1 (index)
Serial #
1140

Status: My Collection
Created: 06-17-2017 at 09:46AM
Last Edit: 06-17-2017 at 09:46AM

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This beautiful and early index typewriter predates the Odell typewriter patent of 1889, which would copy this design of a sliding selector at right angles to the carriage with great success.

This example is the first version of the Sun index, with no carriage shift lever (a rod is lifted for spacing), two ink rollers (not one) and a platen that is covered with fine stitched kid leather. In addition, the characters that print to the paper are metal, while on later versions this part would be hardened rubber.


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Martin Howard
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I am a collector of 19th century typewriters and have built a collection that shows the remarkable ingenuity and beauty of the world’s first typewriters. I have always been interested in the beginnings of a machine when there is an eruption of approaches to making it. Early typewriters are an exceptional example of this incubation period.

My website is antiquetypewriters.com