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New Sun: Typewriter Serial Number Age List

Brand: Sun Also known as • Carlem • Leframa • New Sun • Nova • Star (Sun)

Serial Number Table Last Edited: 08/24/16 12:40
NOTE: dates shown are JAN 1 unless noted, so the serial number shown is the *first* serial number produced the given year. Exceptions are serial numbers preceded by "up to"(where you can assume that the numbers reported in that subsection are DECEMBER 31, END OF YEAR NUMBERS) or rows where a month is given in the month column. If the serial number is shown as a range (xxxx-xxxx) it indicates that we know the entire range of serial numbers for the given year.

Issued Apr 7, 1885
Issued Apr 7, 1885
Issued Jan 19, 1886
Filed Oct 11, 1895 • Issued Aug 4, 1896
Filed Nov 1, 1895 • Issued Jan 12, 1897
Filed Nov 1, 1895 • Issued Jan 12, 1897
Filed Jan 7, 1896 • Issued Jan 12, 1897
Filed Jun 5, 1900 • Issued Dec 18, 1900
Filed Apr 18, 1900 • Issued Feb 12, 1901
Filed Nov 27, 1901 • Issued Apr 15, 1902
Filed Sep 21, 1906 • Issued Jun 14, 1910
Filed Feb 15, 1908 • Issued Oct 18, 1910
Filed Jun 8, 1907 • Issued May 6, 1913
Lee S. Burridge and Newman Marshman designed the first of several very similar linear index typewriters, patented in 1885. Other mechanically similar machines of the time include Pearl, International index, New American and Odell.
In 1899, Burridge patented a small frontstroke 3-row typewriter with a novel inking device in which the typebars were inked by a roller before striking the platen, and the ink roller itself kept well-inked by a larger booster ink roller. Later models abandon this system for standard ribbon inking.
Nine models were manufactured by the Sun Typewriter Co. over the years and marketed in different countries in a variety of names, including Carlem, Leframa, New Sun, Nova and Star.
Models and s/n Y M D Remarks Ref.
No. 1 (square)
1884 Introduced in New York market in Fall 1884.
Rectangular wooden base, 4.5 lbs, 12" long by 8" wide by 3.5" high. Holds paper 8.5" wide. Early versions have metal typeface, later versions have rubber typeface.
  1885     Sun Typewriter Company is incorporated at 317 Broadway, New York, NY, USA.
No. 1 (dogbone)
1888 Improved model of the Sun Index with dog bone shaped metal base, decorated with gold sunburst ornaments. 5,24
No. 5 (index?)
1890     Lippman claims No. 5 was an index sold by Sun in 1890.
No. 2
1901 Three row keyboard with 27 keys writing 81 characters, double shift, front stroke. Ink pad inking. Platen length: 9.875". First keyboard typewriter with a sheet metal body. Sold for $40. Optional backspacer, add $2.50.
Available typefaces: 10cpi Pica, 9cpi Italic, 10cpi Medium Roman, 12cpi Elite.
5,16,24, 59,61,78
No. 3
1907 Three row keyboard with 28 keys writing 83 characters, double shift, front stroke. Ink pad inking. More substantial build than the No. 2. 5,78,83
No. 6
1907 Four row front stroke single-shift with 42 keys, pad inking. Optional bichrome ribbon inking with automatic ribbon reverse and stencil setting. Ball bearing carriage, margin lock with release. Optional tabulator. Sold for $100. 16,24,83
1908     Export model of Sun No. 2. 7
No. 2A
1910-1911     24
Traveler's Model
1911     Aluminum frame, weight: 11 lbs, +4lbs with case. Sold for $45  
No. 2B
1911     Included metal case: $65, available in wide carriage: $75.  
  1912     Sun office still at 317 Broadway. At later date, Sun moves to 239 Broadway, New York.  
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