National Geographic : 1939 May
FOUR BUDDING ESKIMO BEAUTIES-AND ENOUGH WHALEBONE TO STREAMLINE A WHOLE"GAY NINETIES" CHORUS! The girls are standing behind the jaw of a dead bowhead whale. The hairlike material is baleen, or whalebone, once widely used for corset stays and buggy whips. The bowhead lives on small sea creatures strained out of sea water by the baleen in its mouth. Modern corsets use no whalebone, sothebowhead now has a chance to recover from near-extinction.