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During the presidential campaign of 1952, vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon complained to a national television audience that his family was so poor that his wife couldn’t even afford a fur coat. At the time, wearing a fur coat was considered glamorous and most women of the time owned at least one.
Wearing fur garments was once a necessity, hunters hunted animals to sustain themselves and their hides were as important as their meat. The fur as well as the hides was used for a variety of clothing and headgear. By the late 1800s, fur was less desirable and textiles such as wool and cotton for outerwear became more popular choices.
During the roaring twenties wearing full-length raccoon coats became a rage for both men and women, but after a few years, like all fads, that one faded away. Eventually, glamorous Hollywood starlets began wearing mink coats and started a new fashion trend for women. When World War II ended and prosperity spread throughout the country in the 1950s, mink coats, mink stoles and fox fur coats became a sign of luxurious style for women.
That fashion trend lasted into the 1960’s until fur became passé and women turned once again to natural textiles for outerwear. The anti-fur movement came a decade or so later when animal rights activists exposed farms where animals were being raised and slaughtered solely for their fur; it then became a part of the national conscious to reject the fur industry.
In recent years fur has made a slight comeback in fashion, although it will undoubtedly never return to the days we remember when fur dominated the fashion industry throughout the country during the twentieth century.
Sadly, in other parts of the world, animal fur is still prized and tigers particularly are poached for their fur. To find out what you can do to help, check out our website, T.I.G.E.R.S.