Pendleton Olympics Blankets from 1932 in 2016

2016 Games Ahead

It’s an exciting time, with competition and medals ahead. To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at our Olympic blankets, shipped for the Games of 1932. That post is below, but before you read it, please enjoy some photos sent to us by readers who have found some interesting colorations of Pendleton Olympiad blankets.

Paul, of Ahsland, Oregon, found this rarity:

A beautiful Pendleton Olympiad blanket in teal, with a twill weave and an embroidered label.

Beautiful green, and how about those ombred stripes? Nice, yes?

Another rarity

And we also heard from Eric. He read this post and realized he had exactly the kind of rarity we are looking for.

A beautiful Pendleton Olympiad blanket in lavender, with a twill weave and an embroidered label.

We aren’t sure how many colors we made in this blanket and this is the first lilac version we have seen!

Here is this 82 year-old collector’s item in use.

Pendleton’s Olympiad blankets

In 1932, we won the commission to provide blankets to the Olympics. Here is a photo of the blankets leaving on a train for Los Angeles.

A photo from the Pendleton archives, of five men waiting beside a train car that has a banner reading "2 carloads of Pendleton blankets - for the rest of your life - going to the Olympic game Contestants, Los Angeles"

There are several known colorways for these blankets. In our archives, we have only one, with a very warm color scheme. There are also a light blue and a brights-on-white patterns out there, but we haven’t been able to track down examples. There might even be more. Here is our archival blanket.

A 1932 Olympiad blanket from the Pendleton archives.

Here is a close-up of the label.

Closeup of the blanket label.

That’s a VERY CLOSE close up, isn’t it? Even so, the label is worn enough that you might want the label’s text:

100% Virgin Wool

Olympic fever is nothing new, and Pendleton traded on it with themed displays.

1932_Olympic_Display photo of striped blankets and ladies' coats on mannequins

In the displays, mannequins wear tasteful blanket coats that look modern. We are not sure if those were sewn and offered for sale by Pendleton, or sewn just for display to encourage consumers to get creative with the blankets. Pendleton did manufacture labeled blanket coats for women over the years, but our first women’s sportswear line debuted in 1949 with our 49’er jacket as the centerpiece.

1932_Olympic_Display photo of striped blankets and ladies' coats on mannequins

And yes, at $7.95, you can’t beat that price.

If you have an example of the other colors of the Pendleton blankets, drop us a line (as Eric did when we ran this post back during the Russia Olympics). We would love some color photos of other examples. Write to us at