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Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets Hardcover – January, 2003
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That would be a tragedy, because I wholeheartedly agree with the Amazon reviewer from San Francisco who proclaimed this the best book he has ever read on any collectible subject. I have NEVER read a book on antiques or collectibles written by an author with Friedman's combination of knowledge, enthusiasm and remarkable comic sensibility.
This is not to say he doesn't take his subject seriously. It's doubtful anyone takes it more seriously. The previous books on the subject read like Cliff's Notes compared to Friedman's penetrating portrait. So while I repeat that there is no comparison with earlier stabs at this topic, the differences must be mentioned to understand why this book is the new gold standard.
Robert W. Kapoun's worthy "Language Of The Robe: American Indian Trade Blankets" came out in 1992 and has been the reference in the field until now, but in the wake of Friedman's effort it is offically dethroned. Virtually all of the blankets Kapoun listed as manufacturer unknown in his book are conclusively identified here and Friedman offers histories of blanket manufacturers Kapoun doesn't even know existed.
The Kapoun blanket collection obviously was acquired by the glass artist Dale Chihuly and the result was the book "Chihuly's Pendletons".Read more ›
If you�re a blanket collector, you�ll think you�ve died and gone to Heaven, but anyone interested in Native Americans or western history buffs will find this a critical addition to their library. The author�s view of history is panoramic. He discusses the end of the Indian Wars and the transition of the Navajo weavers from making wearing blankets to a new product invented by white traders � the Navajo rug � and the simultaneous rise of the commercial manufacturers to provide blankets for the Navajo and many other tribes throughout America.
Every manufacturer gets their own chapter and receives much fuller treatment than they have in any previous book. The trade blanket companies discussed are Pendleton, Capps, Oregon City, Buell, Racine, Knight and Shuler & Benninghofen. Not a word about the last two has been mentioned in previous books. The Knight story is especially interesting � the business was originally financed by Brigham Young! Cotton camp blanket manufacturers � Beacon and Esmond � are also covered in great depth. An additional chapter addresses a number of miscellaneous manufacturers and another provides the most complete information on labels and dating of blankets ever presented.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the most wonderful book! I purchased it as a gift for my son. He read it and enjoyed it so much. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M
early delivery, flawless packaging, beautiful signed copy of a splendid book...end result? a wonderfully special Christmas gift not soon set aside or forgotten. Thank You, BarryPublished 19 months ago by Cece
Great book with lots of pictures. I bought this as a gift and the author (Barry) wrote a nice note for me. Worth it if you like these blankets.Published on November 16, 2013 by Luke Wilks
beautiful color photos of blankets. text written in very informative style infused with humor and personal insight. Read morePublished on November 9, 2013 by Marsha Jean
"Chasing Rainbows" is beautiful, profoundly informative and more fun to read than any collecting book you've ever owned...period!Published on December 15, 2004 by Mitchell Boone
I received this book as an early Christmas gift and now I'm buying a dozen copies to give to friends and family. Read morePublished on December 11, 2003 by Paul Kuneck
Most books about collecting have lovely photos and dull text. This is an exception! Friedman's text is fun and helpful, with photos used as examples.Published on December 1, 2003 by Lois G. Shrout