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.