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Offline Figleaf

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Jamaica: Sinking an island
« on: November 14, 2009, 05:29:10 PM »
Having lost its income from piracy and military operations against pirates, French and Spanish interests, Jamaica settled down. Its erstwhile importance is still evident from a luxury copper-nickel streetcar token (Pr 140) from 1876.

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Re: Jamaica: Sinking an island
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2009, 05:37:10 PM »
But the planters have won and the merchants have lost. Remember the song of the drunk banana picker? Day-oh!. Come Mr. Tally-man, tally me banana. Well, here's the tally. Pick enough "beautiful ripe banana" and you have enough tallies to by enough rum to get drunk. Compliments of the United Fruit Company, who issued this brass work tally (Pr 152) that could be worn on a string.

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Re: Jamaica: Sinking an island
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2009, 05:41:11 PM »
Bananas alone can't keep you profitable, so you go into shipping. In 1921 the Jamaica Fruit & Shipping Co. Ltd. issued this aluminium tally (Pr 138).

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Re: Jamaica: Sinking an island
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2009, 05:44:03 PM »
Help, the Americans are coming and theirs is bigger. Their token of course. It's not mentioned in Pridmore. By 1932, Jamaica is completely dependent on fruit exports and tourism is for the rich only.

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Re: Jamaica: Sinking an island
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2009, 05:47:39 PM »
James Bond to the rescue. The island became a mass tourist destination and mass tourists must be relieved of their money, even when it's not legal tender, as this good-looking copper-nickel 1998 token proclaims. Since they don't buy enough rum, we'll throw in a casino, where mass tourists can lose their money and drug lords can whitewash their money. Are they the latter-day buccaneers, conveniently winked at by the local government because they bring fortunes along? Seventeenth century British governors would have understood.

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