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PlumesOstrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce$
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Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300127362

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300127362.001.0001

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London: Global Feather Hub

London: Global Feather Hub

(p.54) Chapter 2 London: Global Feather Hub

Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the role of London as the global ostrich feather hub. It suggests that the rise of London as the center of the global feather trade was enabled by its own evolution into a turn-of-the-century world market and highlights the fact that the city was particularly hospitable to an emergent industry overwhelmingly populated by Jews. The chapter also considers the story of I. Salaman and Company to show how a single Jewish-owned firm weathered a volatile century of feather trading.

Keywords:   ostrich feather hub, London, world market, Jews, emergent industry, Salaman and Company, Jewish-owned firm

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