Dating pendleton labels
In an odd parallel to the old myth about Model T Fords, where it was said you could have any colour you wanted, as long as it was black (this wasn’t true), in 1924 you could have your wool shirt in any colour you wanted, as long as the colour you desired was grey.
Not that I needed one, mind you, as with a mind as brimming with curiosity as mine is, I don’t need further avenues to explore!
Your fingers stroke the fabric along a garment’s back and neck, hoping to find a label or tag and your much-needed clue to its vintage authenticity.
Your search comes up empty, so you turn the garment inside out to look along the side or bottom seam.
Taking it’s name form the area, they called the wool “Umatilla”.
The high quality of the wool fabric created meant that it was more wrinkle resistant than cotton, more resistant to stains, a little more elastic, and above all, insulated better than cotton.