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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 26, June 28, 2009, Article 22

CREATIVE USES FOR ZIMBABWE BANKNOTES

The downward slide of Zimbabwe currency continues. In the latest sign (pun intended) an advertising firm has created a billboard using the worthless notes. Where else would a neighboring country post signs asking people not to flush money down the toilet? -Editor
Zimbabwe 100 Billion Dollar Note An advertising campaign of billboards made of worthless Zimbabwean banknotes has won an international advertising award, reports in the country said Wednesday. The Zimbabwean, a bi-weekly newspaper published in London but sold in Zimbabwe, pasted together hundreds of banknotes with denominations of up to trillions of the now defunct Zimbabwe dollar to make up the billboards, the newspaper said.

Zimbabwe Receipt Over the bills were pasted messages that said, "Thanks to (President Robert) Mugabe this money is wallpaper," "It's cheaper to print on this money than on paper," and "Fight the regime that has crippled a country."

Knocking 25 zeroes off the currency in 18 months failed to stem the slide. The highest-denomination banknote issued in February of 100 trillion Zimbabwe dollars was just enough for a few loaves of bread.

Shoppers had to carry bags full of cash for groceries and signs in public toilets at the border control post with neighbouring South Africa instructed users not to flush Zimbabwe dollars down the toilet.

To read the complete article, see: Billboards made of Zimbabwe dollars bag top advertising prize (www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/274663,billboards
-made-of-zimbabwe-dollars-bag-top-advertising-prize.html)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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