Book Chasing Rainbows

CHASING RAINBOWS – NEVER TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Chasing RainbowsMy book Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets was published in 2002 and is considered the Bible on the subject. The publisher, Bulfinch Press, the very prestigious coffee table book division of Time/Warner, has ceased operations and so my book is now out of print and its value has increased from its original price of $50.

Copies in new condition on Amazon are often offered for well over $100 – recently a USED copy was offered for $2,000!

I sell mint copies of Chasing Rainbows at $85. I pay postage and ship Media Mail insured along with a delivery confirmation form and will e-mail you a tracking number.

I will gladly inscribe and/or sign your copy.





I do not pay postage for non-U.S. buyers, but will gladly ship internationally. Payment by PayPal or personal check. Sorry, I don’t accept credit cards.

I urge you to read the Amazon reviews – all five stars including one from Mr. Bob Redford of Sundance, Utah perhaps better known to you as Robert Redford.

And I received this letter:

Dear Barry,
Thank you for your kind letter and the copy of your book Chasing Rainbows. I have had a chance to look through it, and I found it to be beautiful. It was inspiring to see such an amazing array of color and design in one book. I appreciate that you incorporated some of my collection in your work.
Sincerely,
Ralph Lauren

CR features in-depth histories of all the blanket-producing companies in a very large 11.8 x 9.6 inch coffee table size format. The publisher spared no expense – it’s gorgeous if I do say so myself. 304 pages. 400 world-class photos by Gary Diamond, 320 in blazing color. All the labels from all the companies are shown with the dates of their use. Catalog pages from all the major companies are included. It’s the ONLY book to show both wool trade blankets AND cotton camp blankets. Superb quality pictures of the finest blankets by Pendleton, Beacon, Capps, Oregon City, Racine and all the others.

Many people, especially my mother, claim it’s the best and most entertaining collector book they’ve read in any field. I assure you my mother is never wrong.

CHAPTERS AND PLENTY OF ‘EM

Wherein We Begin To Weave Our Tale
The Making of a Pendleton Indian Blanket
Trade Blanket Design Classifications
J. Capps and Sons
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Oregon City Woolen Mills
Buell Manufacturing Company
Racine Woolen Mills and Shuler and Benninghofen
Cotton Blankets
Knight Woolen Mills
Beacon Manufacturing Company
Esmond Mills
Deep in the Heart of Textiles
Labels and Cold Hard Facts
Collecting Indian Blankets: Its Symptoms and Treatment
Loving Care and Non-Repair
Index

STILL CHASING RAINBOWS – THE NEW BOOK!

Still Chasing Rainbows
Five pounds of Friedman!

Twelve years in the making, Still Chasing Rainbows is the long-anticipated sequel to Chasing Rainbows, the bible of Indian trade and camp blanket collecting.

Whereas most sequels are a rehash of the first book, that is not the case here. Hundreds of spectacular blankets not previously published anywhere are included in this volume. There are 101 pages devoted to the complete history of Indian blanket production at the Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Two previously unknown Indian blanket catalogs from the legendary Buell Manufacturing Company are beautifully reproduced and every dazzling Beacon camp blanket gets its own full page. Evocative historic pictures of Indians and their blankets are liberally sprinkled throughout the volume.

Pendleton Woolen Mills opened its archives to Barry and glass artist Dale Chihuly permitted complete access to his collection – the largest ever assembled.

Collectors throughout the world provided their rarest blankets for inclusion in this tome and the result is even more spectacular than Chasing Rainbows (although you should still buy multiple copies of Chasing Rainbows.)

The specs: 10” by 12”, 5 pounds, 304 pages, 315 color photographs and 95 black-and-white photos.
$85 including Media Mail shipping directly from yours truly. I will be delighted to sign and/or inscribe your book.





THE CHAPTERS

WHAT’S THE POINT?
J. CAPPS & SONS
RACINE WOOLEN MILLS
BUELL MANUFACTURING COMPANY
PENDLETON WOOL SCOURING AND PACKING COMPANY
THE CUSTOMERS: UMATILLAS, CAYUSES AND WALLA WALLAS, OH MY!
ROUND AND ROUND: THE ORIGINAL PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS 1896-1908
BUNDLING UP WITH THE BISHOPS
DEFINITIVE DESIGN: THE RAWNSLEY CORNER
THE DAVIDSON DOCUMENTS
A SQUARE DEAL: PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS 1909-1942
PATTERNS FOR POSTERITY: THE CHIEF JOSEPH AND THE HARDING
ARCANA FROM THE ARCHIVES: PENDLETON IN BLACK AND WHITE
OREGON CITY WOOLEN MILLS
BEACON MANUFACTURING COMPANY
A PERILOUS JOURNEY INTO THE UNKNOWN
LABELS AND NOTHING MORE