Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Sunday, July 05, 2009

NAIROBI NEWS: 1920 “CARS IN NAIROBI – part 1

In Jade del Cameron’s first adventure, MARK OF THE LION, most of the colonists took a native-pulled rickshaw to get around in town. Those that had cars, were put together jobs often made up of several cars left over from the Great War. With sides built up of wooden frameworks, these “box-bodied” cars were utilitarian rather than pretty. By the 1920’s that changed.

More people came to the Kenya Colony to make their home and a great many of them lived in Nairobi. The once swamp-ridden railroad stop had grown into a capital city, still swamp-ridden in parts, but growing none-the-less. And a lot of those citizens wanted an automobile.

Advertisements in both the newspapers and in The South and East African Year Book and Guide showed that Ford and Hupmobile were popular makes.
The ads were taken from The East African Standard, June 12 and September 4, 1920

NEXT WEEK: More Nairobi Cars – IMPORTING A CAR.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, all available in trade paperback.. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, is available in hardcover. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH will be released Sept. 1, 2009. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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