Vegetable tanned - or tanoak - leather

Vegetable tanned - or tanoak - leather was hung until ready for shipping. Vegetable leather dried naturally over a period of days. Salz Tannery switched to a chrome process about 1961. The chrome process made a softer tannage, more suitable for footwear and garments. Chrome tanned leather could be dried in a matter of hours. Because it was faster, it was more commercial.

Source of information: Jeremy Lezin
Creator: Adams, Ansel
Date: 1954
  • Santa Cruz (City)
  • 1950s
Rights: This photograph was taken by Ansel Adams and is the property of the Lezin Family. It is displayed here with the permission of the Lezin Family and the Ansel Adams Trust.

Restrictions on Use
Identifier: LH-aa-035


Adams, Ansel. “Vegetable tanned - or tanoak - leather.” 1954. SCPL Local History. Accessed 22 July 2024.