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Westminster Eugenics Show

The Third International Eugenics Conference, one of many events such as “Fitter Family” and “Better Baby” contests held around the country, was organized by the American Museum of Natural History in 1932. The exhibit sought to prove that talents were inherited traits. Featured was a lineup of rectangular fur samples from various animals, not unlike color swatches in clothing catalogs, or allowable coat colors in breed books today. Visitors were invited to step up and feel each sample to test their “sense of elegance in fur feeling”—perhaps to recruit those with promising careers as Westminster judges?

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