Friday, March 5, 2010

Mar 4/10: Stripes

Mar 4/10: Stripes, originally uploaded by susanvg.

Daily Shoot: Striped patterns have a natural pattern that catches the eye. Find some stripes today and make a photo.

Any Canadian will recognize these stripes - they are on a Hudson's Bay blanket. The Bay, Canada's most prevalent department store descends from The Hudson's Bay Company, which was established because of the fur trade. Land was granted around Hudson's Bay in 1670 to the "the Governor and Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson Bay." You can read more about the history of The Bay here.

It's interesting that these blankets continue to be sold, that the pattern hasn't changed. Everything else seems to have its time as commercial interests push us to buy new. They are well made and last for decades. These blankets have a history. They were first produced in 1780 and were often used in trade with the native peoples. At a time when change seems to be constant, it's nice to sleep under a quality blanket with history.


  1. Looks very familiar. My mom is Canadian and brought blankets like that with her to the US.

  2. A very familiar item, indeed! Thanks for sharing the history!

  3. Peg loved this pic! Wool makes me itchy but she's loves it and has always wanted a Hudson's Bay blanket. Her 50th is coming up. Maybe I should go pick her one up.

  4. I can almost feel it's warmth - I still need a wool blanket here in CO.