Facts and Opinions


This page is devoted to essays and articles. These are not reminiscences; they deal with some aspect of the Sun that we hope may be of general interest. The opinions expressed in this material are those of the individual writers.

We invite articles on any subject to do with the Sun, by anyone who was closely involved with the company, whether an employee or not.

General Articles

•  The Albert TR5

•  Automatic Inset Registering

•  The Autotron Manual

•  The Axel Springer Patent Application

•  A Brief History of Sun Engraving

•  Company Employee Statistics, 1964

•  Developments and Problems at Sun, 1950s to 1980s

•  The Fire Brigade

•  Gravure Printing and Gravure Presses Explained

•  Inside the Sun

•  The Ink Factory

•  The Ink Factory Closure

•  Manchester Office

•  Marketing Pressures on Magazine Printers

•  One Customer’s Viewpoint

•  Press and Equipment Configurations, Manning, and Details

•  Rembrandt Output/Productivity

•  Rembrandt between 1955 and 1957

•  The Role of Natsopas (Assistants)

•  Solvent Recovery

•  The Sun Name and Visual Identity

•  Why Did Watford ‘Lose the Print’?

•  ‘Window’

The 1950s Expansion

•  The Decade of Expansion

•  Operation Sunrise: Details of the Plan

•  Operation Sunrise: Les Hodge’s Photo Essay

Skills – How They Did It

•  The Chargehand’s Duties

•  Colour Retoucher [Rembrandt]

•  The Engraving Room, 1983-85

•  The Ink Minder’s Duties [Rembrandt]

•  The Reel-hand’s Duties

•  The Register-Hand’s Duties [Rembrandt]

•  The Retouching Room

•  Rinco