Typewriter of the moment: Theodore Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill

He held many jobs, cowboy, police commissioner, governor, military leader, president — but he regarded his profession as “writer.”

Theodore Roosevelt‘s typewriter, a Remington, from his house at Sagamore Hill, New York:

Theodore Roosevelts typewriter from his home at Sagamore Hill - Fish and Wildlife Service, National Digital Image Library

Theodore Roosevelt’s typewriter from his home at Sagamore Hill, New York – Fish and Wildlife Service photo, National Digital Image Library (public domain)

Remington typewriter used by Theodore Roosevelt at his home at Sagamore Hill, New York - US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Digital Library (public domain)

Update, March 16, 2012:  There are two versions of the same photo above, if we’re lucky.  The designator at the National Digital Library has changed at least twice, leaving this post high and dry.  There is another, slightly lower quality version of the photo above.  You’re not seeing double, you’re seeing operational redundancy.


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7 Responses to Typewriter of the moment: Theodore Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill

  1. […] Theodore Roosevelt’s typewriter at Sagamore Hill […]


  2. Ed Darrell says:

    According to Douglas Brinkley (he has a better source to cite, I’m sure), Teddy Roosevelt avoided alcohol, but drank a gallon of coffee a day. In short, he was wired, all the time.

    That hyperactive tendency probably contributed to his blood pressure issues, largely unrecognized at the time, which led to his too-early death.


  3. andrewvietze says:

    Cool. Many don’t know he wrote more than thirty books. One of his early mentors thought that TR worked harder than anyone else because he’d put in a full day of physical work on his ranch and then spend hours writing late into the night.


  4. Ed Darrell says:

    Click on the picture, it will was supposed to take you to the “National Digital Library” maintained by the National Park Service, which manages Sagamore Hill.

    Here’s the new URL for the FWS Digital Library: http://www.fws.gov/digitalmedia/

    From there, click on “History.”

    Once there, do a search for “typewriter.”

    Here’s the direct URL:


  5. Queens516 says:

    Where did you get this picture?


  6. What would he have made of the laptop computer?


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