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How could one pass up the chance to browse through such a compelling and revolting title such as Standardized Fur Tags, Their Use and Purpose, (published in NYC by the Fur Research Institute in 1938)? Titles like this cry out in equal parts of pity, shame and pride, calling to their readers like fur-lined Sirens beckoning to fur-encrusted sailors floundering in a fury sea, hell-bent to crash upon fur-slathered rocks. In a world of covering things in fur that once belonged to another living thing, the thinking’s all over but for the process, pricing and standardization, so that the furriers were less inclined to cheat one another and focus on the fleecing of the buying public.
Then there’s the “dyed Chinese dog” and the “dyed Mongolian dog”—I’m not sure who would need pelts made of dog (or cat, or anything else for that matter), but I guess that they were popular enough to be included in these furrier guidelines. And so the list goes on and on: dyed skunk, pieced skunk, natural skunk, dyed squirrel, dyed weasel, natural wolf, dyed opossum, etc.