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Plumes : Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce / Sarah Abrevaya Stein.

Author/Creator:
Stein, Sarah Abrevaya author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2008]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (224 p.) : 17 b/w illus. & 1 map
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Jewish merchants -- History.
Ostrich feather industry -- History.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
The thirst for exotic ornament among fashionable women in the metropoles of Europe and America prompted a bustling global trade in ostrich feathers that flourished from the 1880s until the First World War. When feathers fell out of fashion with consumers, the result was an economic catastrophe for many, a worldwide feather bust. In this remarkable book, Sarah Stein draws on rich archival materials to bring to light the prominent and varied roles of Jews in the feather trade. She discovers that Jews fostered and nurtured the trade across the global commodity chain and throughout the far-flung territories where ostriches were reared and plucked, and their feathers were sorted, exported, imported, auctioned, wholesaled, and finally manufactured for sale.From Yiddish-speaking Russian-Lithuanian feather handlers in South Africa to London manufacturers and wholesalers, from rival Sephardic families whose feathers were imported from the Sahara and traded across the Mediterranean, from New York's Lower East Side to entrepreneurial farms in the American West, Stein explores the details of a remarkably vibrant yet ephemeral culture. This is a singular story of global commerce, colonial economic practices, and the rise and fall of a glamorous luxury item.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
Introduction: The Pursuit of Plumes
Chapter 1. The Cape of Southern Africa: Atlantic Crossings
Chapter 2. London: Global Feather Hub
Chapter 3. The Trans-Saharan Trade: Mediterranean Connections
Chapter 4. The American Feather World
Conclusion: Global Stories
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300142853
OCLC:
404723390
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300142853 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.