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Men sorting seal pelts, n.d.
Men sorting seal pelts, n.d.

The Newfoundland and Labrador seal fishery grew in importance during the first half of the 19th century, but declined after 1870 when stocks became depleted. The colony exported most of its seal products to Great Britain, where there was much demand for seal oil and leather.

Photographer: Holloway. Reproduced by permission of the Archives and Manuscripts Division (Coll. 137 03.02.001), Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John's, NL.
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