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Offline malj1

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Eat Bananas 1923
« on: October 25, 2012, 11:39:53 PM »
Eat Bananas 1923 ℞. The All Food Fruit All The Year Round. Aluminium, 28.8mm

Issued by Elders and Fyffes in England for a promotional campaign, the reverse imitating the contemporary George V florin or 2/-  Elders & Fyffes were the company which first imported bananas into the UK in large quantities. Fyffes is the oldest fruit brand in the world which is most closely associated with the banana.

Britain's love affair with the humble banana is as much the story of Elders & Fyffes, a company set up to import the golden fruit into the United Kingdom. Originally, British imports were of the small Cavendish banana from the Canaries but the British Government was keen to see some trade from the West Indies and Elders & Fyffes was formed to import and distribute bananas. The first ships arrived in 1902 and the company grew and expanded. During both world wars, the fleet of Elders & Fyffes served as armed merchant cruisers. The ships themselves were a common sight in the ports of Avonmouth, Bristol, Southampton, Portsmouth, Garston, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Cardiff.

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 Washington Banana Museum.
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Re: Eat Bananas 1923
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2012, 12:16:51 AM »
Doesn't that portrait remind you of the British Gold 2 Pound coins of 1823 ? As more often seen in the "brass imitation" variety..  Those imitations likely having been made for use in jewelery.

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Re: Eat Bananas 1923
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2012, 12:42:09 AM »
Yes indeed! I have three, this one appears the closest. So its probably a Birmingham maker.

I am wondering about the issue of the banana pieces - where for instance these were issued and how.
....the year before the British Empire Exhibition.
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Re: Eat Bananas 1923
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2012, 12:47:40 AM »
On second thoughts, perhaps this one is closer?

Either way, why was the probable image of George IV used exactly 100 years later?
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Re: Eat Bananas 1923
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2015, 02:20:22 PM »
As mentioned earlier Fyffes were the importers of Bananas.

This rang a bell when I saw this Fyffes lorry on the TV programme 'Bargain Hunt'

[snapped from the screen]
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