FIRESTONE PLANTATIONS CO.
1. Application for passport should be
made at the county courthouse nearest the
employee's place of residence. Applicant
should be accompanied by a person who has
known him for more than two years and who
can certify his identity, and should take with
him the following:
(a) Certified copy of birth certificate; or, in
lieu thereof, affidavit of mother or father
or other person having knowledge of the
facts, certifying the date and place of birth
of applicant. Printed forms for this affidavit
may be obtained from the county courthouse.
(b) Two passport pictures, three inches by
The county passport officer should be
requested to advise the Department of State
in Washington that applicant desires that
the passport be forwarded to:
Firestone Plantations Company,
17 State Street,
New York City.
Upon arrival in New York, employee
should call at our New York office, 17 S'tate
Street, and obtain passport and steamship
2. In addition to the two prints required
for his passport, each employee should
obtain eight additional prints of his passport
photograph. Of these, two should be for-
warded to the Akron office for its files, and
the remainder should be taken by the
employee to Liberia for use in accordance
with instructions which he will receive from
the central office on the plantations. An
employee's wife need obtain only the two
prints required for her passport and two to
be taken to Liberia.
3. Every employee must comply with
recommendations of the Company's medical
department before he will be accepted by the
Company for service in Liberia. Wives of
employees are required to obtain, before
their departure for Liberia, certificates of
health satisfactory to the Company's medical
4. Employees going to Liberia are in-
formed that inoculation against typhoid,
smallpox and yellow fever are believed to be
advisable, as a precautionary measure. They
should confer with the Company's medical
department, well in advance of the date of
departure, as to the proper time and place
for obtaining these inoculations.
5. Employees and their wives who are
American citizens must register with the
American Consulate in Monrovia as soon
after their arrival as possible. Employees
who disembark at Monrovia should register
before leaving Monrovia for the plantation,
45 miles distant.
6. The maximum time of stopover in
New York, enroute to or from Liberia, for
which the Company will reimburse to em-
ployees their living expenses, is one day.
Total allowable expenses for hotel room and
meals in New York shall not exceed $6.50
per day per person.
Whenever the steamer upon which an
employee is to sail from New York is
scheduled to depart in the afternoon or
evening, the employee should arrive in New
York the morning of the day on which he is
Morning sailings. from New York are
infrequent, and in such instances timely
notice thereof will be given to the employee.
In the absence of such notice, our New York
office will advise the employee the exact hour
of his departure when the employee calls
for passport and steamship tickets.
Upon arrival in New York or other port
when returning from Liberia, if the steamer
docks in the morning or early afternoon,
employees will be allowed no expenses for
hotel accommodations for stopover. Exces-
sive gratuities will not be reimbursed to
employees. Transportation allowable from
New York or other port to employee's home
shall not exceed regular train and Pullman
fare, and all additional expenses incident to
travel on extra-fare trains or by airplane
shall be borne by the employee.
Employees living west of Akron should
arrange to stop in Akron on the way home
from New York, in order to avoid additional
expense incident to trips from their homes
Baggage in excess of the weight allowed
by railways (150 pounds for each first-class
ticket) to be checked upon employee's ticket
or tickets without charge, must be shipped
by freight or, alternatively, excess baggage
charges thereon borne by the employee. The
Company will reimburse each employee
(regardless of whether he is accompanied or
later joined in Liberia by his wife) for
freight charges, based upon a minimum
valuation, between his place of residence and
Liberia upon additional baggage or household
goods not to exceed 800 pounds, gross weight.
Any duties payable under the Liberian
tariff upon personal property taken into
Liberia shall be payable by the employee.
7. An employee holding an automobile
driver's license should take such license with
him to Liberia. This will avoid the necessity
of his passing a driver's test in Liberia in
order to obtain a Liberian driver's license.
8. The Company reserves the right to
return employees to the United States by the
most economical route consistent with rea-
sonable comfort. Currently, this is via all
Elder Dempster boats except those of the
"A" class, with transhipment in Europe to
boats of the American Merchant Lines or
steamers of like class. In case any employee
desires to secure his own passage via other
routes or other lines, the following amounts
will be paid in commutation of passage
unless by the time leave is due lower rates
are available to the Company:
For men: Liberia to England .......... 27- 8-0
For women: Liberia to England ....... 22-16-0
For men or women, England to United States:
Summer rate, Aug. 1 to Sept. 21 .....26- 0-0
Winter rate all other times ..........21- 0-0
In addition, each person, man or woman,4
entitled to passage will be allowed E2094~o
to cover gratuities, hotel and other senses
from pier in Liberia to pier in the United
9. Employees can secure legal rmis ion
to own firearms in Liberia on y t of
a nominal registration f o ch m. Be-
fore leaving the Unit a e Eu ope
employed there, not es d e giv o the
Company of the re s 1 e with
complete desc ti of a ibre, type
and serial m o e together
with the ta o t o unition. The
Liberia ov n nt a sent charges an
impo d ty/of 2-0-0 n each firearm. The
Co pran i insist that such firearms be
flared a duty paid thereon in accordance
10. The Company will gratuitously as-
sume the risk of fire loss of each employee's
personal property in Liberia and loss of or
damage to such property in transit to and
from Liberia, up to a value not to exceed
11. Employees should inform relatives
and other correspondents of their proper
mail addresses and postage rates. The post-
office address of the Harbel plantation is:
Firestone Plantations Company
Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa
The address of the Cavalla plantation is:
Firestone Plantations Company
Cape Palmas, Liberia, West Africa
Regular mail letter rates are, 5 for the
first ounce plus 3 for each additional ounce.
Air mail letter rates are the regular mail
letter rates as above plus 28- per half ounce.
12. Experience has proved that the fol-
lowing household equipment is ordinarily
required, whether for a single employee or
Complete set of utensils, as company supplies
only kitchen stove, table and chairs.
2 frying pans, 1 large and 1 small.
1 large knife.
1 small knife.
1 flour sifter.
1 cooking spoon.
-8 bread pans.
2 pie pans.
3 stew pans, different sizes.
1 coffee pot.
.-1 tea pot.
12 "chore girls."
24 dish towels.
24 dish cloths.
1 set mixing bowls.
1 lemon squeezer.
1 tea kettle.
1 meat grinder.
1 can opener.
3 white suits, each with extra pair of trousers.
Linen suits are generally worn, but other
suitable materials are White Duck, Seer-
sucker and Palm Beach.
2 pairs low-cut shoes-white, two-tone, black
A number of our staff, instead of dress
shoes, wear mosquito boots, which are made
of soft leather and extend to just below
the knees. These boots are worn inside the
trousers. They cannot be obtained in
the United States but may be purchased in
12 pairs socks.
1 sun helmet. The two types generally worn
are: (1) Rubber and cork. (2) Pith. An
oiled silk covering must be worn over the
pith helmet in the rainy season to prevent
its absorbing water. A good sun helmet
may be obtained from the M. O'Neil Com-
pany, Akron, Ohio, at a cost of about $5.00.
For ready identification, it is advisable
that all wearing apparel and bed clothing be
marked with name tapes.
A tuxedo and its accessories may be
taken, but it is not essential.
Woolen clothing is not suitable for wear
in the tropics. All woolen clothing taken to
Liberia for wear enroute should be stored in
an air-tight tin trunk for protection against
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moths and humidity. Such trunks may be
purchased in Liberia.
14. Through a subsidiary, the United
States Trading Company, the Company
maintains on the plantations general stores
for its employees, which carry leading
S brands of tinned goods, shaving supplies,
tobaccos and other staples. Several Euro-
pean firms maintain stores in Monrovia and
This handbook is subject to amendment in any
particular from time to time by the Company.
January 1, 1939.
Effective April 1, 1939
Receipted Hotel bill, Pullman ticket
stub and freight bill must accompany
each employee s expense report sub-
mitted for reimbursement of any of
thee.e items of expenses
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