Dating hudson bay blanket label
We still have the old blanket after thirty years of service, somewhat faded certainly, but like Johnny Walker scotch, still going strong.During all those years the only hole was where the auto wheel ground it.Over the years the blankets have moved from northern Ontario to northern B.C., back to Ontario and now are both with me here on Vancouver Island.The standard measurements for a pair of 1 point blankets was: 2 ft. Its familiar multi stripe design is instantly recognizable.
The same label, but using the more common red embroidery, was used during the late1920s on their standard line of point blankets.”Page 67: First caption should be revised as follows: “(Top) From the early 1940s to the1960s, Hbc issued blankets bearing the 100% Wool Labels.
In addition, I now believe that the Added All Wool label illustrated on page 64 is evidence that Smith's may have m Yellowish gold on white satin reading: Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket -- Couverture à marqes (sic) de la Compagnie la Baie d’Hudson -- Logo -- The Seal of Quality -- Le sceau de qualite (sic) -- 100% WOOL / LAINE -- Made in England. This label appears to have been used for only one run of blankets.
Apparently the misspelling of the French word “marques” as used on the Big Bilingual A label was what called for this label’s replacement.
Theyve traveled back and forth across this country almost as much as the original fur traders. Their papa is now seventy years old and neither he nor I have any intention of giving up our blankets which have kept two generations of our family warm to this day. We placed the blanket under the back wheel; the wheel spun, it gripped and out we came, leaving a hole in one corner of Old Faithful.
Part of it I cut off and sewed up into a pair of heavy socks and used them all winter during a mail trip.