National Geographic : 1931 Apr
OVER THE PLAINS OF THE GREAT KARROO THE MAIL TRAIN WINDSITS DUSTY WAY "Dry, barren"-such is the meaning of the Hottentot name for the two immense plateaus known as the Great and Little Karroo. Indrought times the vegetation parches, but rains can transform them overnight into a fairyland of color (see Color Plates IIand III). 00 Photograph byMelville Chater WHEN FASHIONS CHANGED, OSTRICH FARMING DECLINED Just before the World War, South Africa exported more than a million plumes annually; to-day, owing to drought and, more particularly, tostyle vagaries only a fraction of that number. In recent years, tanned ostrich skin has been used in the manufacture ofpocketbooks and other articles.