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Salone scrapbook: Images 1987–1990

Pre-war images of Sierra Leone taken between 1987 and 1990. See what the country looked like when I lived there. Categories include snapshots, panoramas, currency, and product labels.

Snapshots

Click on any image below to launch a slide show window. Manually advance forward and backward through the deck.

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Bangura family
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Bangura family
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Bangura family
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Bangura family
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Mount Bintumani
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Fula bread sellers
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Chet with friend
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Chet with snack
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Cloudburst
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Eddie Kargbo's house
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Fatu Dumbuya
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100% inflation
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Jay's Entertainment Spot: Man about town
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Kabangalo: My home
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Kabba River
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On the road to Kadabi
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Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital
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Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital
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KWSS staff outing
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KWSS physics students
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Kamakwie Wesleyan Secondary School
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Kamakwie Wesleyan Secondary School
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Kamakwie Wesleyan Secondary School
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Near Mongo Bendugu: Abraham and Ishmail
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Near Mongo Bendugu: Lion
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Kabba Ferry near OKNP
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Pampa on Great Scarces
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Poyo (palm wine)
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Rainbow
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Rainbow
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Rice planting
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Rice planting
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Rice harvest
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Rice threshing
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Rice fanning
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Pa Pendoi
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Rokulan Mosque
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Sama Kamara: Herbalist
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Christmas revelers
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Christmas devil

Labels

Some interesting consumer products.

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Star Lager Beer
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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
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Jumbo Maggi Cube
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Palmtree Safety Matches

Currency

Some of the coins and bills that were in circulation from 1997 to 1990. Several other bills were in circulation at that time, but none of the ones I have were in good enough condition to scan. An inflation rate around 100% per year rendered all the coins in this set worthless by 1990. I never bought anything that cost less than one leone while I was there. By 1996, the 10 and 50 leone bills were replaced with coins.

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½ Cent (1964): Milton Margai
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1 Cent (1964): Milton Margai
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5 Cent (1964): Milton Margai
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20 Cent (1984): Siaka Stevens
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1 Leone (1987): J.S. Momoh
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50 Cent (1984): Siaka Stevens, Bank of Sierra Leone
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2 Leone (1984): Siaka Stevens, Bank of Sierra Leone
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10 Leone (1984): Siaka Stevens, rutile mining
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20 Leone (1984): Siaka Stevens, diamond mining
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10 Leone (1988): J.S. Momoh, cattle and rice
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20 Leone (1988): J.S. Momoh, diamond mining
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50 Leone (1988): J.S. Momoh, reverse unknown

Panoramas

You can only view these images one at a time by clicking on the appropriate thumbnail. Panoramas range in width from 1100 to 2400 pixels.