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COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE

CHARLES A. WOLVERTON, New Jersey, Chairman
CARL HINSHAW, California

CLARENCE F. LEA, California
LEONARD W. HALL, New York

ROBERT CROSSER, Ohio
JOSEPH P. O'HARA, Minnesota

ALFRED L. BULWINKLE, North Carolina
WILSON D. GILLETTE, Pennsylvania

VIRGIL CHAPMAN, Kentucky
ROBERT HALE, Maine

LINDLEY BECKWORTH, Texas
HARRIS ELLSWORTH, Oregon

J. PERCY PRIEST, Tennessee
MARION T. BENNETT, Missouri

OREN HARRIS, Arkansas
JAMES I. DOLLIVER, Iowa

GEORGE G. SADOWSKI, Michigan
EDWARD J. ELSA ESSER, New York

RICHARD F. HARLESS, Arizona
JOHN W. HESELTON, Massachusetts

DWIGHT L. ROGERS, Florida
HUGH D. SCOTT, JR., Pennsylvania

EUGENE J. KEOGH, New York
WILLIAM J. MILLER, Connecticut
HENDERSON H. CARSON, Ohio
JOHN B. BENNETT, Michigan
FRED E. BUSBEY, Illinois

ELTON J. LAYTON, Clerk
M. A. BIDDLE, Assistant Clerk

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Text of the bill H, R. 3734.

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Statements of—

Adelstein, George, president, the American Fur Merchants Associa-

tion.-

73

Albach, Max M., counsel, A. Hollander & Son, New York City- 124

Benedek, Manfred H., counsel, Associated Fur Coat and Trimming

Manufacturers, Inc., New York City --

137

Bergner, Isidore, chairman, Foreign Trade Committee, Fur Brokers

Association of America, New York City -

Edelman, Max, attorney, North American Fur Auctions Association,

Inc., New York City

169

Francis, Joseph H., executive secretary, National Board of Fur Farm-

ing Organizations, Morgan, Utah..

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Friedman, Sidney, Afgan American Trading Company, New York

City

88

Gold, Charles, general counsel, Retail Manufacturing Furriers of
America, Inc., New York City

176
Graff, Lloyd, executive director, Fur Dressers and Fur Dyers Associa-
tion, Inc., New York City--

96

Harman, Roy, chairman, legislative committee, National Board of

Fur Farm Organizations, Christensburg, Va---

39

Mann, Harvey, representing American Fur Merchants Association,

Inc., American Rabbit Dealers Association, Inc., and Fur Dressers

Guild, Inc.-

61

Miller, Henry, Director, Trade Practice Conferences and Wool Act

Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D. C.- 43, 199
Murray, Hon. Reid F., M. C. (Wisconsin).

198

Stein, Joseph L., counsel, Fur Dressers and Fur Dyers Association,

Inc., New York City----

96

United Fur Manufacturers Association, Inc., New York City---

95

Weber, Louis M., attorney, the Fur Wholesalers Association of

America, Inc., New York City --

162

Reports from-

Agriculture Department, dated July 25, 1947-.

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Commerce Department, dated Apr. 6, 1948.

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District of Columbia Board of Commissioners, dated Nov. 28, 1947.- 11

Federal Trade Commission, dated Oct. 29, 1947-

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Interstate Commerce Commission, dated June 16, 1947-

Justice Department, dated December 4, 1947-

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State Department, dated Apr. 12, 1948-

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Treasury Department, dated July 25, 1947-

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Letters from-

Aulabaugh, Roger E., president, Central States Furriers Association,

to Chairman Wolverton, dated Mar. 30, 1948.

Bohlen, Charles E., counselor, Department of State, to Chairman

Wolverton, enclosing memorandum from the Afghan Legation,

dated Apr. 7, 1948.---

197

Hames, R. E., chairman, legislative committee, Minnesota Raw Fur

Association, to Hon. Joseph O'Hara, M. Ć. (Minnesota), dated

Mar. 30, 1948.

95

Majerus, Paul W., executive secretary, Associated Fur Industries of
Chicago, Inc., to Chairman Wolverton, dated Mar. 30, 1948.-

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Miscellaneous documents, tables, etc.—

Excerpts from H. Rep. 907, pt. 2, 76th Cong., 1st sess; wool fabrics

labeling bill, submitted by Joseph H. Francis -

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FUR LABELING ACT

TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 1948

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE,

Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10 a. m., in room 1334, New House Office Building, pursuant to call, Hon. Charles A. Wolverton (chairman) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order.

The committee has met this morning to hear testimony on H. R. 3734 entitled "A bill to protect consumers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers, dealers, and producers from misnaming, misbranding, improper identification, and deceptive or misleading advertising of fur products and articles made in part or in whole from fur, and for other purposes.” (H. R. 3734 above referred to is as follows:)

[H. R. 3734, 80th Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To protect consumers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers, dealers, and producers from misnaming, misbranding, improper identification, and deceptive or misleading advertising of fur products and articles made in part or in whole from fur, and for other purposes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the “Fur Products Labeling Act of 1947”.

Sec. 2. As used in this Act,

(a) The term "person” means an individual, partnership, corporation, association, business trust, or any organized group of any of the foregoing.

(b) The term "fur” means the skins or any part or piece thereof from fur bearing animals with the hair or fur fibers attached, either in a raw or processed state, whether domestic or imported.

(c) The term "raw fur” means unprocessed fur.

(d) The term "processed fur” means raw furs which have been tanned, dressed, dyed, or artifically blended or bleached and made suitable for use.

(e) The term "virgin fur” means all fur except reused fur as defined below. (f) The term "reused fur” means fur which has been processed or manufactured into a fur article and which after having been used in any way by the ultimate consumer subsequently has been remade into a state suitable for reuse.

(g) The term "fur article" means any article or any portion of an article, which contains, purports to contain, or in any way is represented as containing virgin fur or reused fur.

(h) The term “Commission” means the Federal Trade Commission.

(i) The term "Fur Products Name Guide" means the Fur Products Name Guide regulation issued by the Commission pursuant to section 9 of this Act.

(j) The term “imported fur” means fur that has been imported into the United States other than fur contained in fur articles.

(k) The term "commerce” means commerce between any State, Territory, or possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and any place outside thereof; or between points within the same State, Territory, or possession, or the District of Columbia, but through any place outside thereof; or within any Territory or possession or the District of Columbia.

(1) The term “United States” includes the Territories and possessions of the United States.

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