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Valentines day at the Stoddard Templeton Design Archive

February 14, 2011

Today we were graced with the presence of two former employees of A F Stoddard & Co and James Templeton & Co.

George Grant, on the left, worked as a Designer for Stoddards for 43 years having joined the company at the age of 15.  While Robert Biggins, on the right,  joined Templetons in 1947, where he worked as the Creative Colourist.  Robert later also worked at Stoddards when they took over Templetons in the 1980s.

George and Robert spent a couple of hours taking us through the design processes of the companies, including how Stoddards used the Design Archive.  Moreover, they helped us understand the many different annotations on the design patterns and how they relate to the manufacture of carpets.  It was a very educational morning, and we are extremely grateful to both gentlemen for sharing their extensive knowledge and expertise with us.

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