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“Buffalo Plaid” keychain

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LOVED FOR:    Here in Buffalo we know snow! And YOU can keep warm all winter with Buffalo Plaid.  Our keychain is perfect for a backpack or purse.

GOOD TO KNOW:  Plastic, 3.5 x 2.25 inches with stainless split chain ring. (Approximately the size of a business card.)  * NOT A TOY; NOT INTENDED FOR CHILDREN.

BUFFALOVE:  According to this January 2016 New York Times Magazine article by Troy Patterson, Buffalo in the City
“Buffalo plaid emulates a pattern, or ‘‘sett,’’ that the Scottish Register of Tartans calls Rob Roy Macgregor. Bold and primitive, it entered the record of design in 1704 and evolved in a context where the politics of style were matters of war. The Jacobite rising of 1745 – wherein Charles Edward Stuart started a failed invasion of England in pursuit of the throne – led Britain’s Parliament to ban men and boys in Scotland from wearing tartans for 36 years. In turn, Scotland attested the nobility of its plaids in songs, paintings, fraudulent documents and the Sir Walter Scott novel Rob Roy (1817), with its folk-heroic portrait of an outlaw.

There is today a small American outdoors clothier – BraeVal, based in Litchfield, Conn. – whose founder claims descent from the figure who brought the Rob Roy tartan to these shores. Supposedly, that ancestor, a Montana rancher named Big Jock McCluskey, bartered with Native Americans, trading blankets and shirts for buffalo pelts. A competing origin myth holds that around 1850 a textile designer at the Woolrich mill in Pennsylvania named his Rob Roy imitation after the herd of bison he tended off the clock. Each story conjures the romance of the frontier myth, linking the name of the pattern to the majesty of a wilderness ripe for spoiling, as if to hint that its squares were manifestly destined as building blocks of Americana.”