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 12, 2009

NAIROBI NEWS: 1920 “CARS IN NAIROBI – PART 2”

Last week, we took a look at two of the more popular models of cars available in Nairobi. Surprisingly, American products like the sold very well in the British colony, possibly because so many of the colonists had encountered models such as Ford and Dodge during the Great War and came to trust them. And several stores in Nairobi sold automobiles. But one wasn't limited to what was in stock. More “exotic” makes could be ordered from overseas and shipped to the customer. One of those was the Chalmers car.

The Chalmers was another American automobile, made in Detroit Michigan and very popular in the 1910's. It was an expensive car, costing 1500 American dollars for the Touring or Roadster models. Of course, the colonist that wanted something different and had the means to import an automobile might not have any difficulty affording it. But the Chalmers company wouldn't last much longer. It ceased production in late 1923.

The Chalmers ad was taken from The South and East African Year Book and Guide for 1922. The Hupmobile ad was taken from the East African Standard newspaper 1920

NEXT WEEK: More Nairobi Cars – Newspaper columns on car care.

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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