Typewriter Daily: George H.W. Bush and Typewriters

 

 USS Alabama Museum 

 I'm writing this blog post while the funeral for President George H. W. Bush is airing live. It's so cool to see both Democrats and Republicans seated next to each other, although Michelle Obama looks a little uncomfortable. 

Anyhow, this got me thinking of Bush 41's connection to typewriters. Of course, he typed on typewriters as most of his generation did. He likely began typing as a child. He was most certainly using them by the time he was on the editorial board for the student newspaper at Phillips Academy. 

It's hard to know exactly what manual typewriters Bush Sr. might have used while in the Navy on the USS Jacinto. As an aviator, he might have not have used them at all. We do know the military requisitioned typewriters nationwide during World War II. You can find pictures online of Americans donating their typewriters for "The Cause" during that time. For a better idea of what Bush might have typed on while he was in the U.S. Navy, you can visit the USS Alabama, which was only in service for three years. It went straight from use in a fleet to a museum. The USS Alabama, launched in 1942, still has its original typewriters on board (Bush also joined the Navy that same year. He was 19 years old, making him one of the youngest naval aviators in the U.S. Navy. )

 Later on, during Bush 41's tenure as an oilman in Texas and later his political career, Bush Sr. had secretaries to type correspondence. As President of the United States he liked to hand write thank you notes.  Glenview, Ill. resident Mary Kay Haben received one for a gift she sent him for doing something for Junior Achievement. Haben,  who worked at Kraft at the time, says. "I sent him a Kraft goody bag! He wrote in the note to ask me to pray for his son George and our beloved country.  It was handwritten on 9/13 , just 2 days after 9/11.  I will cherish that note forever. "

 

 

 

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