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              An early Raymond-Weir circa 1870's

 

 

 

James Galloway Weir
 
and his
The 55 shilling dream machine

J G Weir 1839-1911

I have a short Youtube clip on the Raymond chain stitch sewing machine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNCUTFwKrt0&feature=player_embedded

The son of builder, James Ross Weir, James Galloway Weir was born 6 July 1839, one of four children, to James and Margaret Weir.

The entire family moved to London while James was still a young man. He was a man on the move and by his early 20's he was already importing toys and sewing machines. His first machine, The Lady sewing machine, was a German imported chain stitch. The machine made by Schroder in Darmstadt was expensive and problematic. However James was looking for a more reliable and cheaper machine and he found one in Canada.

In the 1860ís James Galloway Weir, a Scotsman with a canny business sense, knew there was huge potential for a cheap machine in the expanding Victorian market. Expensive and complicated lock stitch machines were dominating sales in Victorian England.

As a travelling salesman for a haberdashery company he travelled the width and breadth of England constantly meeting customers who needed sewing machines. He knew the potential of a cheap and portable machine. He later met his first wife on his travels in Brighton, East Sussex.

Laws prohibiting how you advertised your wares were scarce and hard to enforce in the 1860's. In 1863 Weir set up as an importer or commission agent. He imported a beautiful small and cheap Raymond Chainstitch sewing machine from Canada and called it his own. This was to be the first of many sewing machines that J G Weir sold under his own name. To begin with Weir wanted something simple and no sewing machine came any easier to use than the Raymond chain stitch, advertised as the simplest sewing machine in the world!



This is a woodcut of the later improved Weir sewing machine

And So the British Weir sewing machine business was established. James had spent some time in Canada and had struck up a relationship with Charles Raymond the Canadian machine manufacturer. It was only natural that he saw the potential of a business relationship. It was supply and demand.

Charles Raymond

(For the complete history of Charles Raymond click here: Raymond Sewing Machine history)

 

The Canada connection

America was in the middle of a desperate civil war so Weir looked to Canada for supplies. He imported a popular machine from Charles Raymond who had patented his first machine by 1857. The machine was know under various names such as Improved Common Sense and Globe sewing machine.

The Globe sewing machine


 

The Weir Globe sewing machine of 1873, pretty identical to Weir's other models but sporting patent 944 and 1052. The Globe was a name Weir used on his old stock after his split with Raymond. It was offered at a knock down price of 40-45s and did not have the upgrades of his improved machines. However you could return any early machine and have it modified for the sum of one guinea.

The name that really stuck in America was, The New England Machine. It is interesting to note that Weir himself advertised these machines in Britain as The American Hand Machine, though they were from Canada!

Back in Britain it was not until the Trades Description Act of 1890 that people were banned from stating they made an item that they in fact, just imported. Many importers got away with false descriptions until 1890. Thomas Shakespeare also imported, or possibly copied, the Raymond machines and marked them The Royal Sewing Machine Company, Birmingham, England. These are super rare machines today and few have survived.


The Raymond Sewing Machine Company Trademark, a wild Beaver.

1890 was many years away and James Weir happily marketed the Raymond machines under his own name, right up until 1885 he was claiming to be a manufacturer and in truth he did have had some input to the machines design, but not initially. He simply bought and sold.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNCUTFwKrt0&list=UL

See me on Youtube with a Raymond walking foot pre 1860 sewing machine.

The fact that he states that he made machines is true later on in his career but no one has yet ascertained positive proof that he made any machines from scratch. He certainly claimed that he made sewing machines for Queen Victoria! As an importer it would seem like a whole different profession. Few importers bother to manufacture, even today.


Sperm Whales were hunted for their bright burning candles, lamp oil and sewing machine oil!

Charles Raymond, whom James was importing from, had started manufacturing sewing machines in partnership with William Nettleton in Bristol, Hartford, Connecticut. By 4 April 1857 they had acquired their first Nettleton & Raymond patent.

In 1861 Raymond had established a factory at Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

The company initially produced chain-stitch machines. They were exported world-wide with several European agents including William Moore in Ireland, P Frank in Liverpool (who was also an agent for Richard Mott Wanzer) and finally our man in London James Weir.After the Weir Raymond split, Frank took almost all of Raymond's imports straight into his main port depots in Southampton, London and Liverpool..


Another first on the Internet the Raymond-Nettleton patent of 1857. The ideas went into production but not the beautifully cast and ornate design.

Assignors to Henry E Fickett, Glenn's Falls, New York. To all whom it may concern. Be it known that we, Willford H Nettleton and Charles Raymond, both of Bristol in the county of Hartford and the State of Connecticut, have invented, made and applied to use certain new and useful improvements in sewing machines. April 14, 1857 Patent 17049.

Although the machines Weir imported from Raymond were Canadian, they were pretty much identical to the bestselling New England American models of the time and so Weir also called his model the American Hand Machine and New American Hand Machine (made in Canada)

Raymond had sold his London machines through the Highbury Sewing Machine Co of 75 or 73 Holloway Road North, London, but soon supplied Weir exclusively until they fell out. For a few years all went well with the Raymond and Weir partnership.

 

A very rare note from Weir advertising his New American (in my Sewalot Collection).

But by the 1870's Raymond's production in Canada was in trouble as were several other Canadian sewing machine companies. With the war over competition from the huge American manufacturers on their doorstep was proving too much. A recession hit North America in the late 1870's that lasted a decade.

The Raymond Lock-stitch


The Chas Raymond sewing machine of 1861. Note the reel of thread under the sewing machine. This was a lock-stitch machine. I have never seen one so it may not have gone into production. Patent No 32785. I was so excited when I discovered this patent. Train spotters have nothing on me!

Interestingly Raymond sold his pretty machine to just about anybody who wanted them around the world and they turn up today from many countries. During this time the same machine was sold under many names from the Household Fairy to the Star.


The Raymond Star sold in Britain during the 1870's. Probably to the disgust of Weir.

What we do know is that James and Raymond had some sort of falling out and supplies from Canada to James Weir ceased.


The Raymond Trademark with Chas Raymond's signature across the beaver. You can almost still see his signature.

The Split

Once the partnership between Weir and Raymond was over the Scotsman was livid and from then on made sure all 'his' machines were clearly marked with his London address to let his customers know that other supplies from Canada flooding Britain were not his Weir's.

Raymond, possibly in his last fling at his old company, was also not happy. By 1873 Raymond even went so far as to take out adverts in a trade magazines letting everyone know that Weir and Raymond had split.

I guess it was not by mutual agreement!


The Globe Sewing Machine 1864-86. Typical of the New England Weir Raymond models

After his split with the Raymond Company, for whatever reason, James Weir needed supplies and tales say that he found a French manufacturer who was already making his bases and asked them to produce the complete machine of his popular model. Now we can surmise a little here and ask ourselves did the split occur because Weir was actually setting up and manufacturing the Raymond machine? Waiting for supplies from Canada must have been tedious and making his own simple machine was a real possibility.

One manufacturer that Weir used was Seeling's of Paris possibly in partnership with Ms Goodwin of Paris. There was also a company in Dublin called W B Moore who were making parts and bases for the James Weir machine.  However I have been searching for definite proof of weir's manufacturing business for 30 years and have yet to discover any hard facts. So if you happen to know where he was making Queen Victoria's favourite sewing machine please mail me this instant and I'll blow you kisses all day (not if you're a bloke!) alexsussex@aol.com.  

For the complete history of Charles Raymond click here: Raymond Sewing Machine history

Sewalot presents an early sewing machine, pre American Civil War. - YouTube

This is a link to an early Raymond Walking Foot machine with a clever automatic tension device made in Brattleboro.

The only firm connection I have so far was kindly sent to me by Raffaello in Italy who has an early Chas Raymond sewing machine with a Seeling's of Paris cast base in his collection. It is not impossible to make the connection that it was James Weir, who had the bases initially made for his Canadian imported machines, later got Seelings to make more of the machine when he split from Raymond. Oh, this is so confusing but I promise it does get easier from now on...


Seeling's of Paris made this  supa-rare cast base and possibly later entire machines for James Weir.

James Weir took this split with Raymond as an opportunity to make several changes to his machine, namely the thread holder and tension assembly, again copied from American machines and earlier sewing machine designs. Possibly improvements on the original Frederick Parker patent of 1859. Parker, a Sheffield man, also re-designed and improved a tension device in the same year that helped the stitch no end. Both appeared on the later, post split, Weir sewing machines.

Weir's earlier patent (in 1872, Pat No 580) was for improvements to hook.

Further improvements were made in 1873 No 2738.

 
The improved patented thread tensioner on later Weir machines

The Weir Manufacturing Company

I have the London manufacturing base as, The Weir Manufacturing Co of Belmont Street, NW London and Ferdinand Place. Anybody else know that? You do now. I expect to see it everywhere by 2009. Now this is not written in stone but a good lead.

He also had a larger premises at Chalk Farm, London and his prestige offices and showrooms at 2 Carlisle Street, Soho.

Whether Weir actually just imported from France or manufactured these machines himself at his London addresses is still unclear but we do know he made large profits which would come from cutting out other suppliers and middle men.

We also know that in the early years of his business he personally fixed many of the faulty machines in his own workshop.

Anyway in 1877 he dropped the lady model from Germany and launched the Globe, basically an identical machine to the Raymond New England type he was previously selling. The decorations were slightly different but very little else, oh except the price it was now two guineas!

The same year he launched the Zephyr (£4.4s) and the Argus sewing machines. He now had a formidable range but it was his little 55 shilling dream machine that still sold like hot cakes.

The 55 shilling Raymond Weir

James was living in London. He had premises at Hanaway Street and later at 2 Carlisle Street in Soho. Soho was once a centre of the sewing trade.

Soho of course is now far more famous for its shady nightlife, strip clubs and gambling joints than long forgotten sewing machine magnates. If you want an exciting night out in London...say no more!

In a very short period, with manufacturing secure, Weir's 55-shilling dream machine became a great success.

Within ten years Weir went from sleeping under his workshop bench to become a wealthy man. They say because of his early struggles in life he was always kind to those with little.

His small, light, pretty and simple machine, that produced the most fundamental of all stitches, was making him loads of money. Lucky fella!

For a while he advertised his machine as the New American. Often referred to as The New England Machine.

The later half of the Victorian period was one of great invention and discovery and Weir was there to seize the opportunity.

*****

It was a time of great change in the World. Let me tell you a little about the period.

America was still rebuilding after its bloody civil war but, union and expansion was explosive.

Queen Victoria sat on her throne at her Palace in London as the most powerful leader our planet had ever known. Her dominions stretched to the Four Corners of the Earth and she ruled two thirds of the Globe. In truth the sun never set upon her empire. 

The last great Indian war was started in America by the Red Indian Shaman, Paiute, whose ghost dance would free them from the Paleface. In December 1890 it ended with their terrible destruction at Wounded Knee Creek. 

On a more positive note Aspirin (what a relief!) was discovered and so were the first x-rays. The independent Labour party was founded and Britain took control of Hong Kong only to have to give it back a 100 years later.

In New Zealand women were allowed to vote, the first nation to do so. So who thought of that great idea! Only kidding girls.

Eiffel built his famous tower in the centre of Paris, and later used his technique to make a frame for Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty modelled on Singers French wife, Isabella, a French actress considered one of the most beautiful women in Europe at the time.

Doesn't it always amaze you how these old men with money attract such beautiful women, true love of course!

The AC electric motor was invented and Gillette found out how to make a razor that did not cut you to ribbons. 

George Bernard Shaw was beginning his novels such as Antony & Cleopatra and Pygmalion at the same time as the zip was invented.

Oscar Wilde was putting the finishing touches to his work, the importance of being earnest while staying at the Savoy Hotel owned by my Great Grandfathers new wife, Helen D'Oyle Carte.

And finally Edison was sorting out how to put moving pictures onto a screen. Watching paper pictures skip round inspired many, especially popular was what the maid saw through the keyhole!

No Weir was genuine without his bed-stamp, notice the later cross-cut gears for smoothness.

The Illustrated London Almanac 1871

Patronised by Queen Victoria
The improved & patented Weir sewing machine
 One months free trial!
Now with improved mesh gears. Still only 55's.
Beware inferior imitations, for they are numerous!

Back in England Weir had reached a pinnacle in his sewing machine career. His machines were now by Royal Appointment after Queen Victoria commanded to see one. "Bring one round young fellow and be sharp about it."

He had also supplied H.R.H The Princess Mary and a whole list of important establishments including the Royal Medical College, Guy's Hospital, and my personal favourite, Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum! One can only guess at why they would have needed some, a rush on straight jackets perhaps!

James Weir also listed nearly 100 other 'Distinguished members of the aristocracy' on his adverts. I doubt if they all sewed but certainly they had staff that did and if a free machine arrived it was just taken as a perk.

The virtually unknown Weir Zephyr

His improvements to the original Raymond machine are more than many people realise. The super-rare Zephyr had many similarities to his chain stitch models and close examination of one will show how James progressed from one machine into the other with of course the benefit of a two-thread lock stitch mechanism.

Note on this super-rare Weir Zephyr lock-stitch the similar gearing, presser bar spring, foot lifter arm. They look so similar to the Weir Chain Stitch that it is easy to see how James' mind was working when he designed this machine.

This beauty came onto Ebay in Sept 2007. The first one that I have ever seen. The seller was kind enough to grant me permission to use one of his pictures on my site to show collectors.

James Galloway Weir, Zephyr sewing machine.

circa 1871-85

 

 

Machines ready for shipment to the colonies
complete with written guarantees at one hours notice.
J G Weir, 2 Carlisle Street, Soho Square, London.

After close examination of many models over the years let me tell you what he did improve upon (this bit is for the nerds among us, me included).

Weir improved not only the tension which became far more practical and easy to adjust but also he added more oil holes for longer life.


Spiral cut-gears on the later Weir, smoother, better wearing and quieter.

Weir also cut all the gears in a spiral pattern rather than straight which makes the whole machine smoother and far quieter, plus the gears lasted longer as there was more wearing surface on each gear.

Then there was the better needle slide which was prone to wear on the older models and the thumb nut to adjust the stitch length rather than the silly screw on older models.

Easy Terms of Payment
Bankers, London & County Bank,
Oxford Street,
London

All in all he did a great job on improving a best selling machine. Then there were the boxes in different woods and some with little hidden drawers.

Weir's marketing skills kept his small chain stitch a best seller even though it did not do a lock stitch like many of the oppositions machines. It was the size and weight that made it so practical and of course its simplicity. Even today there is no machine made as easy to thread as Weir's little marvel.

A woodcut of the super rare Weir Victoria very similar to the Taylor Twisted Loop but supplied by William Jackson of London. 


in 1990 I visited a woman who sold me a Weir sewing machine. Actually I swapped a mornings work on all her sewing machines for the Weir. Well, 24 years went by and in March of 2014 I called on her again. She reminded me that I had bought the Weir from her and then pulled out the original advertising leaflet that came with it. She has saved it for me for al those years. Amazingly there were two sewing machines in it that I had not seen before and here they are, the Weir Aurora sewing machine and the Weir Comet sewing machine. The Aurora looks like a New Home family and the Comet either a Jones or Bradbury.

There must have been several copies of the Weir sewing machines around as Weir became almost paranoid about making sure 'his' was the only machine to buy. This makes me laugh as he was the person who originally copied Raymond's machine!

It went to the extreme when even his instruction leaflets became invalid unless they had been red-stamped genuine! All the literature that I have seen from the period of 1877 onward clearly states that unless the machine was bought from 'his only premises' at No 2 Carlisle Street, Soho, London West, they were not genuine!

He also mentions his address is two doors from Soho Square, just to make sure you don't buy a machine from one of his close competitors. That's a canny Scot for you.

 

The last machine, a super-rare but plain Weir Argus Lockstitch I have just one in my Sewalot Collection. £4,4s, treadle base 30s more.

Before his retirement Weir experimented with a few other machines. His last machine sold by his daughter and son-in-law who carried on his business was the Improved Argus lock stitch. It sold for the sum of 84 shillings and was their most expensive machine. 

*****

This is a bit off topic but connected with Weir's Argus. The American Sewing Machine Company was  founded by E.Todd in 1863. They were trading out of Ludgate Square in London and imported models from all over the world. I have seen there badge on Canadian, American, German and Swedish machines. The Husqvarna Freja was a Todd-American Sewing Machine Co import. Stories go that they had strong ties with the Southern Confederacy during the American Civil war and stamped the seven stars on there machine plates as support for the Confederate States, just a story. 

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Now back to the relevance of all this and the Argus sewing machine

Some experts say that the Weir Argus was a German import from Bottcher in Berlin. However the similarity to the American New Home models of the same period is startling, especially New Homeís Nelson model.

We know he was importing from America and to top it all if I look closely on my model, in the right light, underneath the gold, you can just see the name Nelson across the machine! I bought my Argus from a dress shop where it was on display. It took a month of bargaining for them to let me have it but my persistence eventually paid off. 

It is the only Weir Argus sewing machines to have surfaced so far! Although I know of a couple of Todd-Nelson's which are obviously from the same manufacturer.

German or American it is impressive. Where is my time machine when I need it!

Back to James. So time rolls on and Weir is now getting tired of the business. He has meddled with other machines including a superb machine he called the Victoria sewing machine, possibly an early Wanzer but none of these sold in great numbers.

Oh by-the-way for the history fanatics amongst us (me included), Weir also had a storage/manufacturing facility he referred to as his works at Ferdinand Place in Chalk Farm Road NW London. Interestingly at Ferdinand Place Weir was involved in a business called The Automatic machinery Company. It is possible that it was here that some of his patents were put to use. in 1878 the company folded. It was not long after this point, and the previous loss of another business interest, The British Boot & Shoe Machinery Co, that Weir took the decision to go into politics full time.

A stunning treadle Weir. Makes me dribble just looking at it! Really...


This is an actual Weir treadle, one of three models, still very rare but not quite so nice.

At 41 he is fed up with business. New machines are turning up all the time. Patent protection was running out and anyone could copy all the early ideas. His machines were under threat. The glory years of his dream machine were behind him. Time to get out and follow his love of politics!

We all know how that feels that grass is always greener! I know how to cure that problem. Buy your neighbours garden then the grass is yours on both sides!

James Weir decides to retire from the sewing industry around 1879-80 and follow his passion. How we would all love to retire early. I think I will drop dead over a sewing machine at 75 with the old dear prodding me with a stick to finish the job!

Anyway James Weir leaves the business to relatives and goes into politics full-time.

In 1892, James Weir, after an earlier failure in Falkirk in 1885, was elected a Liberal Member of Parliament for Ross and Cromarty and followed a colourful life in politics for many years. Lots can be found about his career on the net but we are concerned with his sewing machine life so I will desist from too much waffle on the subject. Although they say he was not a strong political speaker he was full of energy. He doggedly supported the rights of crofters in his constituency and worked tirelessly in Parliament and was said to be one of the most active members in the House of Commons. 

He died at home at Frognal in Hampstead, in late spring, 18 May 1911 in his early 70's after suffering a stroke. He is buried in Marylebone Cemetery, London. His wealth by now was said to be considerable.

One of the giants of the early sewing machine industry had gone but what a legacy he had left behind him. Some of the most sought after and collectible machines of all time. Every serious collector should have at least one in his collection.

Now I have a little further information to add about James from Dawn Siggs. Dawn was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1936 and sought me out to tell me of her distant relation. After a lovely chat over a cup of tea she added some great information.

James's first wife Mary Anne Dash, from Brighton, Sussex, had three daughters with James before her death in 1896. Edith, Alice and Amy.

Amy, an apothecary, married a doctor from Stornaway and moved up to the island. She once organised a group of Stornaway crofters daughters to travel down from Scotland with her father and sing to the House of Commons local crofters seasonal songs. They sung to the entire Commons with much applause.

Both the other sisters later possibly moved to Italy where one died in an earthquake. Amy died in 1910 three years after her husband, they had no offspring to my knowledge. I may be wrong and would love to find any distant relation to James.

Mary Ann Dash, James' first wife, was a furrier in Brighton and met James Weir while he was a travelling salesman for a haberdashery firm, before he started importing and selling sewing machines.

This is a really interesting point for it shows how James became involved with sewing machines. He was supplying the very trade where he knew his market was.

Much later in life as an old man James Weir married again to Marion Jolly from Northumberland. They had two children a girl and boy, Margaret and James.

I once bumped into the wife of his grandson, how amazing is that!

She had called me out to service her sewing machine in St Leonards, East Sussex. In her living room was a grand oil painting that looked so familiar. I kept staring at it but could not fathom why it felt like I should know him. When I asked I was amazed to be confronted with one sewing histories giants. I promptly got my camera from the car to take a picture of the oil painting.

She told me some information that I never knew and is hopefully accurate, that James Weir lost one of his family in the Siege of Paris, probably the same siege that made Isaac Singer head for England from France in 1870, and another relative was killed in Spain. Interesting gossip for sure.

After James Weir retired from the sewing machine world, he handed over the firm to James William Columbine, possibly his son in law. Columbine and Weir had many business dealings together over the years. Columbine traded from the same Soho shop right up until the 1890's selling an assortment of sewing machines. Funny how history gets rewritten almost daily. It was always assumed when I was a kid that when James retired to follow his yearning for politics he wound up his business. It was only many years later that I came across a receipt from Columbine in the 1890's that it showed that his business, and sewing machines, had carried on. From then on more research brought more facts to light and now we are closer to the truth. 

Their literature from 1891 proudly states:
 
Sewing Machine Manufacturer to Her most gracious Majesty the Queen.
It was the pinnacle for the Weir machines.

James G Weir was know as Galloway Weir in Parliament probably to accentuate his Scottish roots

6/07/1839- 18/05/1911

And so James Galloway Weir disappears from our industry.

Of all the very early sewing machines the Raymond/Weir, which had a short production run, many hand-painted, is undoubtedly one of the prettiest, compact and beautiful, with soft flowing lines and delicate profile. 

The machine appeals to all collectors even outside the sewing machine world. The machine would look simply perfect on a ladies dressing table in Victorian London.

The little gems have crossed the world and made men rich, Weir's 55-shilling machine is what collectors dream about.

Values

Weir/Raymond machines vary in value but they always fetch good prices. I have seen nice models go for over $1500. The machines can only get older and rarer.

 

Well I do hope you liked my brief history of the man and his machines. As the Internet allows us to learn more I am sure others will go far beyond what took me 30 years to acquire.

You should check out Singer's history. Now there's a man, he had more children than hot dinners and more wives than King Henry VIII!

 

My hair has gone grey since this picture in 2008 anyone got some Grecian 2000, Brylcream don't seem to work?

 

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My name is Mandie Raymond, and my husband and I were recently in an antique store near our home in Clarkston, Michigan, and ran across a "New Raymond" sewing machine. Obviously with the tie to my husbands last name, we jumped to buy this machine. Thanks to the help of your site, we were able to learn the history behind the machine, and place a guesstimated age on the machine of 1895.  Thanks for your time and effort that you have put into this site. Have a Great Day!

Mandie Raymond

Hi

I enjoyed your site. P Frank of Liverpool was my great-grandfather. I was named after him!
We don't have much family history but apparently they were very rich and then they lost the lot somehow.

Anyway, thanks for the interesting site,
Cheers
Peter Frank

Hi Alex
This is just a note to thank you for your research into Raymond Sewing Machines. I thank you for elucidating the history of this wonderful piece, and I am now inspired to work on it anew.
Lee

Alex,
Thank You for Your very informative article on the web site regarding the Raymond Sewing machine.

I just rec'd my Great Grandmothers machine, which for some reason i always thought was a Singer.   i googled and found Your site and discovered it was actually a Raymond,.

My Great Grandmother bought it from a Door to Door salesman when she lived on the farm up near Listowel, Ontario in 1903.

Again, Thank You for You research and information, i found it a very interesting read.

Best Regards,
Dave

 

Hello Alex,

Our researcher just came across your article on Charles Raymond. Itís timely for us because, as the historical cemetery in Guelph, his monument is within our grounds. It is a magnificent family lot with a fence around it, as was the style in those days. We are gathering information on the family and the lot in an attempt to preserve the fence. Some suggestion has been made to have it removed. We are putting information together on the family to ensure the historical value of the lot is recognized, even if it is in bad condition, We believe it would be worth fund raising to preserve it. In the photo, it actually doesnít look too bad, but we will not repair unless it is in the same format as originally used when the fence was made, and that makes it a little more difficult. Thought you might like to know that your interesting article is being put to use.


Ceska Brennan
Memorial Designer & Officiant
Woodlawn Memorial Park
Guelph,

 

 

 

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