There is a lot of confusion and fast growing myths about Hudson' s Bay blankets these days
Here are some recent conversations at market
C = customer
C- "Oh look, everyone is knocking off Hudson Bay these days" pointing to very nice Ottawa Valley blanket c. 1940 ( above)
M- ( keeps mouth shut)
M- Here you go, from the 50s or so.
C- Not that, I want a real Hudson Bay , with the stripes ( 1950s blanket, above)
M- A very interesting Hudson's Bay blanket from the 1920s or 30s
C- But this one says its made in England
M- yes, that right.
C- That's nonsense, we all know they are made in Canada.
C- showing an overseas guest around, " only Canadians are allowed to use these colored stripes"
M- "Actually this is a 1940s Mariposa blanket from Ohio"
I must say, whoever owns The Hudson's Bay Company there days is doing a fabulous marketing job....I believe they even print those stripes on toilet paper,