1930s Pendleton Toboggan Coat

To a historical clothing collector, one of the most exciting things that can happen is to find  one of the treasures in one’s collection in a vintage photograph.  I was happy to get this photo from reader Edgertor in my inbox last week.  The photo is of her grandmother, and was taken sometime in the early 1930s.  The coat looks to be a Pendleton toboggan coat, which was made by Pendleton in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

I’m lucky enough to have this model in red in my collection.   The Costume Institute at the Met has a black one, and the Pendleton archives also has tan and khaki versions.  All four are made from a textile called the  Glacier Park stripe.  The toboggan coat was also made in a pattern called Harding.  I’ve never seen an example except for photos from the Pendleton archive.

Unfortunately, it appears that the coat has not survived. The coat’s owner was a dairy farmer in Connecticut, and she died only a few years after this photo was taken.  The farm’s barn is still there, and maybe buried under a pile of hay, the coat might someday be found.  That’s my wish, at least.


Filed under Collecting, Vintage Photographs

20 responses to “1930s Pendleton Toboggan Coat

  1. I love Pendleton – I was just in their mill outlet store on Sunday (just outside Portland)


  2. This one is timeless. Thanks for the link, Lizzie!

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  3. poppysvintageclothing

    Love your red example, Lizzie. The Harding model at pendletonwoolenmills is incredible!


  4. vastlycurious.com

    As you know I love Pendleton. Why I got rid of so many things years ago I will never understand. Is red a rare color for this sweater?


  5. Christina

    Ruth’s coat. Nice story.


  6. This is why I guard my Pendleton fabric labels like they are gold! What a great American company! Thanks, Lizzie!


  7. Gorgeous coat! It might even make me reconsider my prejudice against wool. And what a treat to have the photograph.


  8. a purely American Classic-Pendleton-when i was a Fashion Director …of all the designer “glamour”…Pendletonwas the collection i loved the most in “true” sportswear…the fabrics/cut,et.all nothing compared..i still -40 ys. later have a jacket,shirt jacket,sweater…i treasure them…thank you Ms. Lizzie,o,,Jacq


  9. Love the idea of a ‘toboggan coat’! I may refer to my ski jacket as this in future 🙂


  10. Hi Lizzie… I love that jacket and skirt. I’m also a Pendleton fan. I wore my Pendleton skirt that is green with a window pane pattern just this morning. I’ve had it 16 years. It was a gift from my husband. It still looks as new as then! I also noticed Pendleton has a nice website for purchasing their fabric. You should visit Oregon sometime!


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