HBC Blanket

Tales and Treasures from the rich legacy of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Written by Canada’s History staff

October 8, 2010
“Famous the world over, for a lifetime of luxurious comfort and warmth,” boasted the Hudson’s Bay Company, which made these blankets a regular trade item in 1780. The short black lines woven into the side of each blanket are called points, from the French empointer, and indicate the size and weight of the item. The now iconic blanket is shown here in a 1950s Beaver ad with the traditional colours of green, red, yellow, and indigo.

Scroll through our gallery of commercial art depicting Hudson’s Bay point blankets 1930–1958.

This article originally appeared in the October-November 2010 issue of Canada’s History magazine.

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