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  • Name of Tartan:
    American (Fashion))
  • ITI Number: 464
  • Category: American Fashion
  • Designer / Source: Cumming, John C. (Jack)
  • Date: 13th Aug. 1975
American (Fashion))
  • Notes: John C. (Jack) Cumming originally of Forfar, Angus (went to the US as an infant in 1929) and served in the US Army during WWII. He based his design on the colours in the American flag. Presented to US First Lady Betty Ford in 1976. Following info from Matt Newsome 20 Aug 2004 - Originally woven by Barbara Schaffer of Arizona who has a file of information on it including original layout of colours, samples of the finished cloth and a 'thank you' letter from Betty Ford. These artefacts probably being donated to the Scottish Tartans Museum in Franklin. Matt Newsome of the Tartans Museum in Franklin NC did find a letter on file that John Cumming wrote to Dr. Teall in 1987 giving him permission to use the tartan in the District Tartan book. In the letter, Mr. Cumming cited the copyright number of the tartan (from 1975), as GP 121829. A letter from Betty Ford does not satisfy the need to have documented proof that this was accepted by the relevant authority as being the American tartan. Category therefore changed to 'Fashion' 23 May 2013 - EBW.
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