The Sun Standard 2 typewriter was the first keyboard typewriter to have used sheet metal in the construction of the main frame, rather than all cast iron, enabling it to be sold for the low price of $40.
Instead of using a ribbon, the type-bars brush against a small inked roller. This small roller, when struck by the type bar, swings to make contact with a larger inked roller which acts as the ink reservoir. This arrangement was prone to falter.
“You Can PAY MORE and GET LESS.”
“The only high grade writing machine sold at a reasonable price.”
“Especially adapted to writing on a train.”