How to Improve Furry Profits

How to Improve Furry Profits

Directions for Fur Collectors and Trappers. Gardiner, Maine, ca. 1880s.

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This handbill gives a long list of tips on how to present the results of your fur-trapping business for maximum profits.  Issued by a fur dealer in central Maine, the sheet offers tips for trimming, combing and skinning pelts to enhance their value.  The advice must have been good – the text appeared nearly verbatim in Scientific American in 1887, and was reprinted in newspapers and taxidermy manuals through the early 1900s.

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