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The Ostrich Boom - by Adri Odendaal

The main reason for Oudtshoorn’s quick fortune can be summed up in the unlikely form of the ostrich.
 
The huge flightless bird, indigenous to Africa, and ideally suited to the Karoo’s dry environment, produced magnificent feathers that had become extremely popular as high fashion accessories in Britian and Europe, especially when feather trimming for hats and boas. 
 

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