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PENDLETON route 66 Arizona 1930s trade BLANKET stripes 56 x 76 wool For Sale

PENDLETON route 66 Arizona 1930s trade BLANKET stripes 56 x 76 wool

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PENDLETON route 66 Arizona 1930s trade BLANKET stripes 56 x 76 wool :



This blanket was purchased in 1930-31 when my mother was a small child and the family traveled to Los Angeles from Tulsa OK on Old Route 66 in a Buick, stopping in Arizona to buy the blanket.

It measures approximately 56 x 76 inches and weighs almost 4 pounds. My mother inherited it in 1961 and has had it stored ever since. I don’t know how it was used by my Grandparents. It does have damage which I have carefully documented and can be located on the master photographs.

The expert of American Indian blankets confirmed it was made by Pendleton Woolen Mills of Pendleton, OR. American Indians did not produce their own blankets.

The wool weave is called a sheared or hard finish and most of Pendleton’s striped wool blankets have this type of weave with is similar to men's heavy wool suiting material. Since 1961, it has never been washed/used or out of storage.

The trim around the perimeter is wool felt and has worn through in many areas (although it is still securely attached) and not loose. The corner image of the wool felt trim shows the stitching where the Blue Beaver State, Robes and Shawls, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Pendleton, Oregon tag was. There are tears and stains that are clearly photographed. The colors are bright and accurate in my photos.

Pendleton Woolen Mills

Pendleton has been a family-owned business for 140 years in Oregon that has ideal conditions for raising sheep and built a textile mill. By 1895, Pendleton made jacquard bed blankets, shawls and robes that were highly prized by the Native Americans and the tradition of Pendleton Woolen Mills blankets began.

Trade expanded from the Nez Perce nation near Pendleton to the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni nations. These Pendleton blankets were used as basic wearing apparel and as a standard of value for trading and credit among Native Americans.

Most of the earlier trading blankets were plaids and block designs like the traditional Hudson's Bay blankets. Jacquard loomed Pendleton Indian blankets with their brilliant colors and sharp details became very popular after their introduction into what was known as the "Indian trade".

Car loads of blankets traveled from Pendleton, Oregon to the Southwest tribes to be exchanged for silver jewelry, wool or other items of value. The colorful blankets were integrated into everyday and ceremonial uses; part of a dowry, weddings, gift giving, pow wows, dance prizes, naming ceremonies, funerals and memorials (sometimes blankets are packed in a coffin or a coffin is lined with a blanket to keep the loved one warm on his journey).

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