Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
Katya Knyazeva

An elegant fur scam from 1936: brought to you by the Russians (as always)

Police Seek Woman With Expensive Furs
Russian Performing Unique Shop Lifting

Salesmen of the Soskin Siberian Fur Store, 1119 Bubbling Well Road, were much chagrined yesterday when they could not satisfy the fancy of a Russian woman who came into the shop to pick out her winter coat. Aiming to please, the salesmen brought out the store's most expensive selection of furs. But the woman was unimpressed, indifferent. She condescended to try the coats on. None of them, however, pleased her. Annoyed by the lack of good furs in the store she put on her coat and left. After she was gone, salesmen discovered that the woman had departed with the fur coat of another customer. Bubbling Well Road Police were informed of the incident and were last night looking for the Russian woman with an expensive taste for furs.

Published in The China Press (Nov 22, 1936).

Interior of Klebanoff's Siberian Fur Store on Bubbling Well Road (not to be confused with Soskin's First Siberian Fur Store, located across the street).
Source: Zhiganov, Russians in Shanghai (1936).

Tags: 1930s, 1936, article, bubbling well road, crime, international settlement, jiganoff, nanjing road, russians, shanghai

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