Customer Stories (1932)
HBC blanket colour range: Multi-stripe, Camel, Green, Scarlet, detail from advertisement in The Beaver, June 1950
While it is interesting to read manufacturer's claims about the high quality of Hudson's Bay Company blankets, the most convincing testimonials are those from blanket owners themselves such as the following, solicited by the Company in 1932:
"I, too, have, or at least my wife has, an HBC Point blanket which was purchased at the Fort Garry store in 1872, just sixty years ago. It is a two and a half (2-1/2) point, and has been in constant use since the time it was purchased, chiefly on children's beds, as it is one of the smaller sizes. It is fraying a little on one side, and the fluff has not entirely, but almost, gone; but there is a wonderful structure left and gives promise of considerable usefulness yet."
HBC blanket colour range: Reseda, Rose, Sky blue, Gold, detail from advertisement in The Beaver, June 1950
"I have in my possession, one of a pair of blankets which I purchased in your store 30 years ago this month. Used as a saddle blanket during several seasons of riding the range. Was packed through to Revelstoke - thence south through the Kootenays on prospecting and hunting trips. Packed north all through the mountains and received some of the roughest usage that any fabric could possibly survive. I could not truthfully estimate how many tons of river gravel was dumped onto it and washed in our attempts to find gold. Was packed back to Alberta and used on freighting trips to Athabasca Landing and Peace River. Used as a saddle blanket for almost two years of riding around on hard and tough trips for the C.N.R. engineers. Then used for camping during construction of C.N.R. from Battleford to Edmonton, thence to the mountains."
"I have a pair of 4-point blue-striped white HBC blankets which have been in continual use for over 55 years. My father, David Marrison, settled on the north west of Portage Plains in 1871 - about six miles from a village called Totogan. There was a Hudson's Bay Company post there which within my own recollection was managed by a Frenchman whose name was Maxime Vilbraunt. The date of purchase (approximately) can be vouched for by reliable parties if you need such statements. My mother once told me they were on my bed when I was born, which is over fifty-five years ago. The blankets have been washed and washed. They have been carefully darned and have many years of usefulness yet."
HBC blanket colour range: White with Rose Bar, Wild Cranberry, White with Green Bar, White with Blue Bar, detail from advertisement in The Beaver, June 1950
"When I got married, I took my young wife onto the homestead and used the blanket as her covering during the eleven-mile drive. We used it on our bed for years. When the youngster arrived, was used as a mattress in bottom of the buggy. When the next one came, one was used as a cover on its crib. That winter, was used as part protection over a valuable small stock of potatoes. Next winter used as a drop curtain hung in front of a few pure bred poultry. Then thoroughly washed and placed on the bed."
"We were out hunting and the car got stuck in mud. 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. 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. It never frayed, and only during the last few years of very rough usage did it fade."
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