Featured Shop Item: Rachel Cade – A Glimpse into Vintage Africa

Rachel Cade was a popular fiction book written by Charles Mercer in 1956 about a woman who travels to Africa as a medical missionary. Set in the Belgian Congo in the late 1930’s Rachel finds love and adventure in a foreign land plagued by death and disease.  Circumstances lead her to make a life-altering decision regarding the affections of two men that ultimately ties her to Africa forever.  I won’t spoil the ending if you want to read it:)

Selling over 3 million copies in the mid-1950’s it  was translated in 14 languages and in 1961 it was made into a movie called The Sins of Rachel Cade starring Angie Dickinson and Roger Moore.

This is a youtube clip from the movie.

Imagining Rachel’s African world in the 1930’s I picked some vintage items from Etsy that she might have encountered in both her personal life and her professional life while living abroad.

Mini Map of Africa – 1930’s from AmyKristineVintage
1920’s African Adventure Photographs from Lovalon
1930’s-1940’s Antique Suitcase from RevelDelve
1930’s Military Helmet – Child Size from Susantique
1917 Vintage Animal Print – Okapi from AgedPage
Lantern from bobbysBoutique
1930’s Medical Prescription Box from PerAntique
Antique Cotton Swab Jar from NellsVintageHouse
Vintage 1930’s Soviet Medical/Parfume Bottles from Artsob
1930’s Red Cross First Aid Chart from HoofandAntler
Antique Cotton Voile Blouse from TheClassicButterfly
1930’s Vanity Travel Case from BackDoorTreasurers
Original Vintage Photograph from MeetTheInLaws
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