National Geographic : 1968 Jul
Unfamiliar luxury, a washing machine draws a housewife to the new "Tuk" laundromat, which also offers hot showers. Modern house, ancient task: An Eskimo housewife at Holman Island scrapes the skin of a polar bear killed by her husband, who will sell it to the Hudson's Bay Company. Valued at $25 a foot, the 8-foot pelt will bring about $200 and create a prized rug. Be cause of the great demand for bearskins, authorities protect the species by assigning a quota to each Arctic community.