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Posted 4 years ago

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Hunter
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This was a Christmas gift a few years back - a vintage wool blanket made by the Canadian Hudson's Bay Company in the traditional 4-striped pattern. A month or so later, I found a JC Penney knockoff at a thrift store for 2 dollars, though the color isn't as nice as the real deal. They typically have a detailed HBC tag, though mine fell off at some point...

These wool blankets were traditionally traded in the Americas (native people wanted the warm material which repelled water/was easy to sew and Europeans wanted everything else the locals had). The manufacturers used a "point" marking system so the blankets wouldn't need to be unfolded in order to identify size: the 4 black lines on this blanket show that it is the double bed size (typically point sizes range from 1 - 6, increasing by a half point).

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  1. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    thanks Bellin! :)
  2. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 4 years ago
    I love the HB Blankets, and thanks for the info on the point system. I learned somthing new today.
  3. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    sure thing & thanks for the comment rocker-sd, they were pretty clever!

    thanks jojo & mrmajestic for the love :)
  4. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    thanks Phil - the colors are classic!
  5. AmatoorPikr AmatoorPikr, 3 months ago
    I like your photographic display!!!
  6. Hunter Hunter, 3 months ago
    Thanks Amatoor :)
  7. brunswick brunswick, 3 months ago
    Intresting point you mentioned in your script of the blankets being numbered so as not to unfold them. This would explain then when seen in the "General stores", they would be stacked sort of high, folded, and with the lines showing to the front in the fold. Well now! Intresting indeed! Thank you for another lesson I learn here! Thomas.
  8. Hunter Hunter, 3 months ago
    yeah, it's pretty genius Brunswick. And looks better than those paper tags put on comforters these days... :)

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