The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 31, 1955 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, December 31, 1955
Page 7
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SATURDAY. DECEMBER W, BLTOi.rrn.ui (ARK.) cotmram MEWS PAGE SEVEN STORY OF A FUR COAT 1. To soften leather, dressers stretch leather into its original shape. Excess flesh is removed from skin to make fur more pliable. W ith winter upon us, the fur coat takes on added importance in the American woman's budget for clothes. .The United States is the world's greatest consumer of fur, from the lowly raccoon to the upper-bracketed mink. To meet.thedemand, some 30 million fur bearing animals are trapped annually in this country alone. We import about half of what weconsume, including sable, stone marten, Persian lamb, and rabbit. Sales for the 1955-56 season are expected to go well over the 300 million dollar mark. The trapping of an animal is considered but a first step in the making of a fur coat. There are long processes, all involved, from the skinning, the designing, the glazing, the cutting, the trimming and the final fashioning before the coat finds a place on the retailer's rack. The work is long and tedious. For instance, it takes a team of 8 men, working 23 hours collectively, to transform 12 to 15 beaver skins into a single full- length coat. And,,, this doesn't figure the time of the designer who can take anywhere from one hour to 2 days, if he is working on an original pattern. Theskin-to-coatprocess in the making of a beaver wrap is pictured here. 2. Processed skins arc returned to manufacturers. where a matcher sorts and grades the skins. 3. Stretching and cutting removes any flaws in skin. It is now ready for the let-out process. THE BEAVER College girl seems pleased with a sheared beaver in fur salon of a New York store. '<!/' " *'r - 6. Coat is placed into machine filled with fine- grained sawdust for further softening of skins. 4. After checking with pattern to sec if skins fit pattern properly, skins are then sewn together to form body of coat. 5. Coat then goes through wettingprocess to make skins pliable and then is stretched and nailed to pattern. Thousands of nails aretapped around the edges to insure shaping to the pattern form, A. * >4 ,>lsSa^4? < j T. Lining, ouffs, collars, buttons are prepared and finished ott. 8. Cleaning and glazing operation as coat is carefully steamed. 9, New beaver wrap is modeled. The "top heavy" look Is achieved with a soft orushable bolster collar. Thi> Wcek'i PICTURE SHOW-AP Newifn

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