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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Typewriter Doodles

Yet another typewriter has featured in Google's doodles. Today's doodle marked what would have been the 106th birthday of British journalist Clare Hollingworth, who was the subject of an ozTypewriter blog post almost exactly a year ago, on October 11, 2016.
Hollingworth scooped the world with news of the outbreak of World War II. On August 31, 1939, the then 27-year-old Hollingworth had been working as a journalist for less than a week when London's Daily Telegraph sent her to Poland to report on worsening tensions in Europe. Terry Chapman takes up the story of what happened in the early hours of the morning of the very next day, September 1, in his book Outbreak: 1939: The World Goes to War:
Hollingworth, who went on to report on conflicts in Palestine, Algeria, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, China, Aden and Vietnam, said she would "happily go anywhere with just a toothbrush and a typewriter". But that typewriter was most usually a Hermes Baby portable, not a standard as shown in the Google doodle.
Hollingworth was born in Knighton outside Leicester, home of the Imperial typewriter, but she generally used the Hermes. 
Hollingworth died in Hong Kong on January 10 this year, aged 105.


Bill M said...

I never knew they had lady reporters way back then.

Richard P said...

Nice to see her honored in a doodle!

Ted said...

Nice bit of detail to fill out that doodle.. also, wow - 105! (:

M. James said...

Hi there Robert, not having your new email I will post this here in case you aren't aware of it and might like to read it. All the best to you, Marilyn.