1921-22 – “GROWING UP IN NAIROBI – WHAT DID BEVERLY DO?”
A careful reader recently asked me about Beverly Dunbury’s care of her baby. In the book, THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE, Lady Dunbury is depicted as feeding her baby girl a bottle of formula. The reader asked what types of formulas were available at that time, especially in Africa.
Infant formulas are by no means a modern phenomenon, and an answer to this readers query rested on page 119 of the book. Jade is investigating a ramshackle home put together from various crates. One of the crates bore the advertisement for “Allenburys’ Foods –Your Baby’s Welfare.”
Ads for Allenburys’ Foods appear as early as 1898 in The British Medical Journal where they report a three stage infant formula. “Milk Food No. 1” was “manufactured from fresh cow’s milk, so modified as to present all the constituents of human milk in their true relative proportions.” It was sold in a “dessicated form” to be mixed with “boiled water to obtain a pure and sterile food suitable for infants during the first three months of life.”
“Milk Food No. 2” was similar to number 1 with the addition of “maltose, dextrine, and soluble phosphates derived from the digestion of whole meal with Malt Extract.” This product was recommended for ages three to six months. Finally “Allenburys Malted Food No. 3” was designed for six months and up. It was not advertized as a milk, but “a farinaceous food prepared by improved methods after Baron von Liebig’s formula.”
As to their availability in Nairobi, by 1921, Nairobi had become a city complete with many stores, each receiving fresh shipments of goods that came into Mombasa Port and up the rail lines several times a week. Ads for Allenburys Foods appeared in both of the Nairobi Newspapers as early as 1920.
Next week: More Kenya Lore.
Quotes taken from The Crocodile’s Last Embrace, The British Medical Journal, No. 1934, January 22, 1898. Images from The Leader of British East Africa, Jan 31, 1920 and The East African Standard Jan 31, 1920
By the way, The Crocodile’s Last Embrace just received a starred review by Publishers’ Weekly who called it “rip-roaring.” Romantic Times gave it 4 Stars and called it “Enormously fun” and Library Journal’s starred review stated “Do not miss this one.”
MORE MYSTERY TOPICS:
1) Does mystery have to equal murder? I weigh in with the Suspense Sirens on their blog posting at : http://bit.ly/cpprpx
2) Interested in some insight into what makes me and Jade tick? Go to SCENE OF THE CRIME http://bit.ly/ao2gjg for an interesting interview at a great website by author J. Sydney Jones.
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, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda
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