In besting an adversary as worthy as the shark, we feel a certain sense of smug satisfaction. In this case, people wore the spoils of victory on their feet. At the time we wrote this article, PopSci wasn't feeling particularly conservationist about the whole thing, as demonstrated by the bloodlusty language we used to describe the shark leather:
"We can now sit back and smile with satisfaction at the sight of these tigers of the sea expiating their crimes by cutting down the cost of living. The shark is no longer our implacable enemy. It is a servant that will supply us with uncountable millions of feet of leather."
To make these wearable trophies of war, fresh shark skins were first soaked in a brine bath for eight days, salted for three to five more days, then packed in sugar or flour barrels. They are then subject to a tanning process that involves bathing them in water, slaked lime and hydrochloric acid, oiling them, coloring them, polishing, bleaching and rubbing them with skimmed milk, which apparently makes them "very supple."
Read the full story in Leather From the Sea