• Creator
  • Webster & Stevens
  • Created Date
  • ca. 1918
  • Description
  • Certain kinds of whales have baleen plates in their mouths. These huge triangular plates have fringed edges through which the whale strains its food from the water. Between the 1840s and the early 1900s, thin, plastic-like strips of baleen were used to stiffen corsets, collars, skirts, umbrellas, and buggy whips. Right whales and bowheads, which had long fringes of baleen, were hunted nearly to extinction.In this photo, a man stands by a pile ... more
    Certain kinds of whales have baleen plates in their mouths. These huge triangular plates have fringed edges through which the whale strains its food from the water. Between the 1840s and the early 1900s, thin, plastic-like strips of baleen were used to stiffen corsets, collars, skirts, umbrellas, and buggy whips. Right whales and bowheads, which had long fringes of baleen, were hunted nearly to extinction.In this photo, a man stands by a pile of whale baleen, holding a single baleen plate. The plates sometimes measured nine feet long. The photo was probably taken at the American Pacific Whaling company's Bay City whaling station at Gray's Harbor, between 1911 and 1925. less
  • Format
  • image
    photograph
    Scanned from original photograph using Epson Expression 10000XL as 4350 pixel TIFF image in 24-bit RGB color, resized to 700 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop CS4, JPEG quality measurement 4
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