National Geographic : 1929 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE OFF FOR THE SEAL FISHERY WITH BOX AND BAG February in Newfoundland finds men of the outports making their way over snow-filled trails to the nearest railroad station (see text, page 93). Photographs by Capt. Robert A. Bartlett THE MEN WHO CATCH YOUR POCKETBOOKS A hardy lot are the Newfoundlanders who sail on the annual seal hunt before winter has lifted its ice blanket. The skins they take become pinseal pocketbooks and novelties. Layers of fat on each skin supply oil for the American soap industry. Recently the crews have been ordered to bring in seal livers, from which the important medical product insulin is extracted.