French fur-trader Germain Maugenest is thought to have advised the HBC to introduce point blankets.
As part of his service of employment to HBC, he offered several suggestions for improving the growing inland trade from Fort Albany along the west coast of James Bay.
Points ranged from 1 to 6, increasing by halves depending upon the size and weight of the blanket.
They allowed a blanket’s size to be easily determined even when folded – (Oh, how I wish all blankets and sheets came marked like this!
Beaver pelts were exchanged for blankets through the Hudson's Bay Company and its outposts throughout Northern Canada.