Tootal Broadhurst Lee

We’ve got another mid-twentieth century book of textile swatches to share today. Tootal Broadhurst Lee was a firm of cotton manufacturers, dyers, and textiles spinners based in Manchester. It was founded in 1799 by Robert Gardner, a textile merchant. In 1918 the firm established a research department which carried out pioneering work on crease resistant fabrics.

As well as crease resistant fabrics, the company is also notable for its early use of brand names, and was a leader in the field of selling direct to retailers.

Some Notes on Manufacture, Tootal Broadhurst Lee Co.
Some Notes on Textile Manufacture, Tootal Broadhurst Lee Co.

GSA Library holds a swatch book called Some Notes on Textile Manufacture produced by the firm in 1949, with 28 colour fabric swatches ranging from floral patterns to check patterns, bound in blue cloth with gold-tooled letters on the cover.

If you’re interested in the history of textile production, you can view the swatch book produced by Tootal Broadhurst Lee by requesting a viewing here.


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