Pullman Blankets! Anyone know what the numbers mean?

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Pullman Blankets! Anyone know what the numbers mean?
Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, May 21, 2005 8:46 AM
Most of us are familliar with the famous wool Pullman blanket. Does anyone know what the numbers mean that are printed (or woven in the old heavyweight era) just below the Pullman emblem? I've seen a S-20 or S-22 number. Would the S stand for "section" as in open section or is it a size designation. Pullman had a habit of numbering EVERYTHING!

Thanks, ED
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Posted by tatans on Sunday, May 22, 2005 5:02 PM
Yikes: Tough question, I tried everywhere to find out what the number means, no luck, but someone out there knows. I read sections from "The LIfe of A Pullman Porter" which is out of print, what a revealing portion of life in North America in that time frame, scary, really. C'mon out there,,,, surely you know what those numbers meant. One revealing statement from the book was the issuance of "blue" pullman blankets to porters. I'm sure a few of the readers know the reason for this.
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Posted by ZephyrOverland on Monday, May 23, 2005 9:35 AM
According to information provided by William F Howes in "The Sleeping Car - A General Guide", by Theodore Shrady, published by the ACL and SAL Historical Society -

The "S" possibly referred to the actual color and pattern of a particular blanket run while the number indicated the number of years after the introduction of that particular pattern. The Chocolate blankets were introduced in 1907, while the Cedar blankets debued in 1936. So, S-20 would indicate that the blanket was manufactured in 1927 or in 1956, depending on the color/pattern. According to the book, when the Cedar blankets were introduced, the numbering system reverted back to 1.

Also, on the Chocolate blankets, those manufactured before 1927 just had "Pullman" woven in, whereas blankets manufactured after that date had "The Property of the Pullman Co" woven in.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 1:38 PM
Does anyone know if FDR had his own pattern of Pullman Blankets on his car? If so, what was the pattern? If not, what was the standard pattern then?
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Posted by ben10ben on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 2:54 PM
I would like to know as well.

I have two, an S-17 and a S-21, that appear to be identical, but then I've never put them side by side and compared. I may do that later and report back.
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Posted by ZephyrOverland on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 4:14 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by ben10ben

I would like to know as well.

I have two, an S-17 and a S-21, that appear to be identical, but then I've never put them side by side and compared. I may do that later and report back.


Are the blankets a solid color with a circular Pullman logo or does it have a woven pattern with "Pullman" in a rectangular box? See my previous post for dating these blankets. I think there were only two patterns issued.

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