Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Today's daily Tasmanian tiger pic ...

This picture shows a rug made from Tasmanian tiger pelts. The trade in thylacine pelts was particularly macabre, with 3,500 tanned pelts shipped to London between 1878 and 1893. These pelts were made into waistcoats for the well-to-do with money to indulge the new fashion. As the tiger neared extinction, museums and private collectors increased their offerings with London Zoo paying £68 for a tiger in 1911 (the bounty scheme paid £1).
During 1909 local trappers well still advertising 'tiger shoots' in the press.