Stanley Ann Dunham goes to Kenya.

How would Stanley Ann Dunham travel to Kenya in 1961?

Well, in 1961 at least 6,792 Americans visited East Africa (i.e., Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda and Zanzibar).

Total number of visitors (all nationalities) in 1961 who arrived in East Africa by way of airplane is at least 35, 426.  Average duration of stay for all visitors that year was 16.25 days.

Twelve (12) airlines operated scheduled trunk services into Kenya, in 1961, using the following aircaft:

1.  Boeing 707                                                                         7.  DC7C

2.  Boeing 720                                                                        8.  DC6B

3.  Douglas DC8                                                                    9.  DC6

4.  Comet                                                                                 10.  Viscount

5.  Britannia                                                                           11.  Canadair

6.  Constellation                                                                   12.  DC3

The year 1961 was notable for the introduction of large aircraft by four more airlines operating scheduled trunk services through Kenya.  A total of eight airlines used jet aircraft.

Outstanding events of 1961 included the inauguration of jet services between Nairobi and India and Pakistan, the intensification of jet services between Nairobi and Europe, and the introduction of Central African Airways in conjunction with East African Airways of “Flame Lily” Holidays.

How would Stanley Ann Dunham make telephone calls from Kenya, to the U.S.A., in 1961?

Well, increased use was made of the telephone in 1961, compared with the previous year and among exchanges converted to automatic working in East Africa during 1961 was one at Shanzu, on the Kenya Coast.  Shanzu is located in the Mombasa District.  Shanzu is approximately 11.5 miles from central Mombasa.

International telephone service traffic continued to grow in 1961 and nearly 10,000 calls were made from East Africa that year.  The service was extended to the West Indies and Ruanda Urundi and was improved by the opening of direct links to Pakistan and Malaya.

Also available in Kenya at the time was radiocall service which enabled subscribers who lived or worked in remote areas not serviced by telephone lines to communicate by means of high frequency radio with control stations which could extend calls to telephone subscribers anywhere is East Africa and also undertake the reception and transmission of telegrams.

How would Stanley Ann Dunham make send telegrams from Kenya, to the U.S.A., in 1961?

Approximately 622, 300 foreign telegrams were handled during that year in East Africa.

Also, the previous year (1960), the International Telex service had extended externally to the Western Union System of the U.S.A., Ruanda Urundi, Brazil, India, the Commercial Company System of the U.S.A., Iran, Argentina, Canada and Finland. Telex service was a fully automatic teleprinter switching system, which enabled subscribers to call each other at any time of day or night and to communicate in print.  Calls could be made to telex subscribers in other countries.  A total of 3,625 international, and 1,862 locals calls, were made using the International Telex service in Kenya for the year 1961.

Data and statistics cited throughout and within this particular blog report were given to me on good authority from Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.

The photograph at the head of this blog report is a still taken from the film White Mischief.  The actress’ name is Greta Scacchi.  In the film she plays Diana Lady Broughton, sexually mischievous white British woman who is visting Kenya circa the year 1940.

Inclosing it should also be noted here, for historical record, that esteemed American visitors to Kenya in year 1961 included Mr. Mennen Williams the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, delegations of US Senators and US Congressmen, and also a group from the National War College.  Mr. and Mrs. Cabot Lodge passed through, as well.

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13 Responses to Stanley Ann Dunham goes to Kenya.

  1. Bruce says:

    From Wikipedia – DARK CONTINENT –
    “A 19th century expression previously used to describe Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa. As Europeans knew little about the continent’s interior geography, map-makers would often leave this region dark.”

    I think many ignorant Western people, myself included, have unconsciously come to think of the entire country of Kenya as a strange, quaint, exotic, wild and sometimes frightening land located somewhere on the vast, largely uncivilized continent of Africa.

    Of course, there is some basis in fact for these feelings, just as there is justification for some foreigners believing that much of the USA mirrors the scenes they have seen in gritty, slum-oriented, crime-related movies they have viewed.

    The Hollywood movie, “Out of Africa” released in 1985, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, is based loosely on the autobiographical book “Out of Africa” written by Isak Dinesen (the pseudonym of the author Karen Blixen), which was published in 1937. The film concerns events related to Ms. Blixen’s experiences running a large coffee plantation in Kenya. I think movies such as this have significantly influenced the thinking of Western individuals regarding Kenya.

    In addition to the rather benign movies similar to the above, a far more sinister influence on Western thought regarding Kenya was the violent ‘Mau Mau Uprising’ between 1952 and 1960.

    The following quote is from the link, http://www.psywar.org/maumau.php.

    “When one thinks of the Mau Mau uprising, the images are of African natives slitting the throats of white settlers and farmers in their sleep, and of Jomo Kenyatta, the famous Burning Spear who later became the first President of Kenya. In the United States the images were all pro-British and avid audiences watched motion pictures on the subject such as the 1955 Simba, where the Mau Mau were depicted as murderous hordes or betrayers who murdered their white masters, friends, and children in their beds. The best selling novel Something of Value, by Robert Ruark, reinforced this official version of black savagery. In 1957 it was made into a motion picture and Prime Minister Winston Churchill narrated the prologue to the movie. In Safari, the guerrillas slaughter Europeans all through the movie while white hunter Victor Mature gallantly tries to fight and kill the savage murderers. The rebellion really was more of a black-on-black wave of violence. The vast number of attacks and murders was by the Mau Mau on the local Kikuyus who quietly accepted the British rule and were considered to be collaborators. The killing of settlers was actually quite rare and seems to have occurred when some band or gang got particularly aggressive and saw anyone as a target of opportunity. The average was three murders a year, about equal to one day in New York City.”

    All of the above is to simply show that MANY PEOPLE UNDERSTANDABLY HAVE A HARD TIME BELIEVING THAT ANN DUNHAM COULD POSSIBLY HAVE TRAVELED TO KENYA, HAD HER BABY AT THE COAST PROVINCE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN MOMBASA ON AUGUST 4TH , AND THEN TRAVELED BACK TO SEATTLE TO START EXTENSION COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON IN THE FALL OF 1961!

    Your detailed statistics for the year 1961 conclusively show that the common impression of Kenya being TOTALLY uncivilized at that time is NOT ACCURATE. Lots of relatively advanced infrastucture was already in full use!

    Ann, a very capable, resourceful and adventuresome young woman, definitely could have made the trip to Kenya, delivered BHO, and then communicated the details of the birth back to her mother in Honolulu, allowing Madelyn to submit the required paperwork to the DOH in Hawaii in order to obtain a U.S. Birth Certificate for the newborn baby, Barack Hussein Obama II.

  2. pierre says:

    @Lucas Daniel Smith: You have not provided a shred of proof that Ann Dunham travelled to Africa. Even if Americans were traveling to Kenya in 1962, it does not prove that Dunham was one of them.
    Do you really believe that a teenaged girl would leave the comfort and convenience of her home, travel 10,000 miles, 30 hours and 5 flights away to have her baby in an unfamiliar country?
    If Dunham did travel to Africa, there needs to be some documentary evidence and there is none.

  3. ARNOLD CARL TAPP says:

    THERE IS SOME SAD NEWS I MUST TELL EVERYONE . VIKING LADY, PASSED AWAY THE FIRST WEEK IN JULY . WE HAVE LOST A GREAT AND LOYAL FIGHTER FOR THE TRUTH . I LEARNED ABOUT IT ON FACEBOOK , WHEN HER DAUGHTER MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT . SHE WAS TO BE CREMATED AND HAVE HER ASHES SCATTERED ON MOUNT RAINIER .
    WE WILL SEE HER ON THE OTHER SIDE .

  4. Bruce says:

    @ ARNOLD CARL TAPP:

    Thanks for the information Carl. This is indeed very sad news. She will be greatly missed!

  5. @ ARNOLD CARL TAPP:

    This is difficult for me to accept. I would never have expected this. I read your comment earlier this morning before I went to work. Im sad and a little bit in shock. I have had some family members pass and for some reason, I don’t know why, it never really affected me. But when a friend dies it puts me into sad state of mind and it feels surreal. I will publish a full report on our friend VikingLady in two days, on Sunday night.

  6. badmuddy says:

    tell ya what we DO know; romney’s grandfather, a MEXICAN citizen, SNUCK into the U.S. ILLEGALLY, and with his family. we have NEVER actually seen an application from ANY of the family (mitt included) for residence, citizenship, not even a green card. according to both romney’s and the gop-bag’s immigration policies, this makes romney AN ILLEGAL ALIEN, AND A CITIZEN OF MEXICO! WHERE is his proof of a SUCCESSFUL application resulting in the documented granting of either residence, citizenship, and/or naturalization to the U.S.A.? why is this fake ALLOWED to run, even for dog-catcher, much less president, for ANY office AT ALL?

  7. ARNOLD CARL TAPP says:

    @ badmuddy:
    YOU STUPID SHITHEAD ~ MITT ROMNEY WAS BORN IN AMERICA AFTER HIS FATHER AND MOTHER WERE NATURALIZED AS AMERICAN CITIZENS .

  8. Bruce says:

    I find it amusing whenever I read the obots trashing of Ann Dunham Obama’s abilities as a capable woman when they claim SHE COULD NOT POSSIBLY HAVE TRAVELED TO KENYA BY HERSELF in the Spring or early Summer of 1961 and then traveled back to Seattle in time to start classes at the University of Washington in the Fall of 1961.

    Likewise, they claim that IT WOULD HAVE BEEN EITHER IMPOSSIBLE OR PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE FOR HER to send a telegram regarding the birth details on her new son, BHO-II, from Kenya back to her mother in Honolulu in August 1961.

    I disagree! I think Obama’s mother was an extremely capable, self-reliant and adventuresome woman, as described in Janny Scott’s recent book, ‘A singular Woman – The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother’.

    It would have been mentally challenging and physically difficult for her to have given birth to BHO-II in Kenya, but I believe it was WELL WITHIN HER CAPABILITIES!

    See – ‘Traveling in 1961 from Hawaii to Kenya and then back to Seattle was relatively easy!’

    http://www.wasobamaborninkenya.com/InspectorSmith/showthread.php/1169-Traveling-in-1961-from-Hawaii-to-Kenya-and-then-back-to-Seattle-was-relatively-easy!

    Furthermore, I believe she could easily have sent a telegram back to her mother in Honolulu in August 1961 shortly after the birth of her son, BHO-II at the CPGH in Mombasa.

    Money never seemed to be a problem for the Obama’s. For example, BHO-II was able to attend some of the best and most expensive schools in the U.S.A. – including Punahou High School, Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard University.

    …………………………………….

    Consider the following:

    Frank Sinatra, Airline Flight, Telegram, Kenya/USA, 1952

    Click on the following link to view a screen shot image:

    http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s440/bsteadman/Miscellaneous/FrankSinatraAirlineFlightTelegramKenyatoUSA1952.png

    ‘Donald’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music’

    ‘All or Nothing at All – A Life of Frank Sinatra’
    Chapter 5, Maggio, Oscar and Nelson’

    http://www.donaldclarkemusicbox.com/all-or-nothing/detail.php?c=6

    Sinatra’s last recording date at Columbia Records (no connection with Columbia Pictures) was in September 1952; he was over $100,000 in debt for taxes, and somebody joked that the government would either put him in jail or recognize him as a foreign power. Columbia Records may have lent him the money to pay his taxes, because when he left there he was over $100,000 in debt to them. At the beginning of November, his career at rock bottom, he flew with Ava to Kenya, where shooting for Mogambo was to begin. They celebrated their first wedding anniversary on the Stratocruiser; he gave her a flashy diamond ring, and sent her the bill. (Later she cracked, ‘It was quite an occasion for me. I had been married twice but never for a whole year.’)

    The film set, in the Kenyan bush, was hot and dusty, and Ava did not get along at first with director John Ford. When the British governor of Kenya and his wife visited the set, Ford asked Ava what she saw in her ‘one-hundred-and-twenty-pound runt’ of a husband, and she replied, ‘Well, there’s only ten pounds of Frank but there’s one hundred and ten pounds of cock.’ Ford was aghast, but the governor and his wife roared with laughter, and that was the beginning of Ford’s respect for Ava, reinforced by her professionalism as an actress. But she did not feel well (it turned out she was pregnant), and Sinatra was bored and restless.

    Sinatra went back to New York for a club date. His reviews were good, but a reporter who talked to him found him ‘a restless unhappy man in his middle thirties who wants very much to re-establish himself and who wants to be an actor, not just a singer playing himself.’ Back in Africa he finally received a telegram offering him a screen test for the part of Maggio. He jumped on the first plane to Hollywood (Ava paid for all the plane rides, too) and Adler was astonished to see him 36 hours after sending the telegram. When the test was arranged, Adler handed him a script, but he had read the part so many times he didn’t need it. It was the last test of the day and Adler wasn’t going to bother to attend, but then he got a call from the director, Fred Zinneman: ‘You’d better come down here. You’ll see something unbelievable.’ Zinneman had already filmed the test, and made Sinatra do another take without any film in the camera; this time even Adler was impressed. But Cohn was out of town, and anyway they were also testing Eli Wallach, a first-rate Broadway actor who had never made a film. Sinatra flew to Africa yet again, knowing the he’d done a good test but worried that he’d lose the part to Wallach, and Ava and Clark Gable did their best to cheer him up.

    (bold emphasis added in the above three paragraphs)

  9. Thank you immensely, Bruce! That was some spectacular detective work regarding Kenya and Frank Sinatra, travel to and from Kenya, telegrams from Kenya, telephone calls to and from Kenya, and the comparison with Ann Dunham! I plan on talking about you and your detective work! Stay tuned to the WOBIK blog!

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