A short explanation on the theme of recent posts. I am researching the history of osteological preparations for medical study, possibly for a future publication. It was the requirement for first year medical students to have their own skeleton that drove the human skeleton industry now dominated by plastics. The industry flourished particularly in Paris in 19th century and India in the 20th with several smaller sources in New York, London and Berlin. Local practices around medical colleges also produced skeletons for study after the passage of a state or local Anatomy Act. Such an Act supplied anatomy departments and museums with unclaimed bodies from almshouses, hospitals and police morgues. The Anatomy Act made the practice perfectly legal whereas the previous source of remains was grave robbery. If no grave is disturbed then only the local health codes and moral indignation would affect dissection and body disposition. After dissection the bodies could be skeletonized by the more eager students. Morgue janitors even reportedly used the opportunity to make extra money by preparing skeletons to sell to students and professors. Entrepreneurs would also set up small shops on the outskirts of the cities where these skeletons could be processed. The accompanying odors often lead to a visit by a local reporter who would produce a sensationalized account of what they saw in the newspaper.