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Jay Williams, Clip 3: Working at Edward Fields Incorporated, a Custom Carpet Company

Collection: Jay Williams Oral History
Date: Time Period: 1867-2012; 2012-03-07; Interview recorded: March 7, 2012 Material: Digital audio recording made using TASCAM DR-07 digital recorder and SoundStudio software. Dimension: Total running time: 00:06:55
Creator: Jay Williams interviewed by Natalie Milbrodt. Identifier: aql:16080 williams_jay_clip3

Description: Jay Williams briefly describes early jobs leading up to joining the Army as a teenager. After returning home as a Korean War veteran, he took an aptitude test at New York University that recommended a creative field of employment. He got a job at a custom carpet company called Edward Fields Incorporated in Flushing and worked there for the next 45 years. He enjoyed his work and took pride in the high-quality custom carpets the company produced. Williams describes the work he did and lists some of the company's high-profile clients, including the White House, where he and his wife got a private tour thanks to a letter of introduction from his boss. There were four Fields brothers who owned the business: Edward, Elliot, Freddy, and Shep Fields, the well-known big band leader. The original factory was on Depot Rd off of Northern Blvd. It then moved to Prince Street and 32nd Ave, then built their own factory on what had been swamp land at 127th Street and 25th Ave. in an industrial park in College Point. They used to have a 59th Street and 1st Ave showroom in Manhattan. For full interview, see "Jay Williams, Full Interview."

Collection : aql:20455; aql:16082

Creator : Jay Williams interviewed by Natalie Milbrodt.

Date : Time Period: 1867-2012; 2012-03-07; Interview recorded: March 7, 2012

Summary/Description : Jay Williams briefly describes early jobs leading up to joining the Army as a teenager. After returning home as a Korean War veteran, he took an aptitude test at New York University that recommended a creative field of employment. He got a job at a custom carpet company called Edward Fields Incorporated in Flushing and worked there for the next 45 years. He enjoyed his work and took pride in the high-quality custom carpets the company produced. Williams describes the work he did and lists some of the company's high-profile clients, including the White House, where he and his wife got a private tour thanks to a letter of introduction from his boss. There were four Fields brothers who owned the business: Edward, Elliot, Freddy, and Shep Fields, the well-known big band leader. The original factory was on Depot Rd off of Northern Blvd. It then moved to Prince Street and 32nd Ave, then built their own factory on what had been swamp land at 127th Street and 25th Ave. in an industrial park in College Point. They used to have a 59th Street and 1st Ave showroom in Manhattan. For full interview, see "Jay Williams, Full Interview."

Subject : Rug and carpet industry; Occupations

Rights : This recording is the property of Queens College Libraries' Department of Special Collections and Archives. Please contact qc.archives@qc.cuny.edu for research and reproduction requests.

Coverage : Locations discussed: Flushing, NY Flushing (New York, N.Y.) Queens (New York, N.Y.)

Type : Oral history

Format : Digital audio recording made using TASCAM DR-07 digital recorder and SoundStudio software.; Total running time: 00:06:55

Identifier : aql:16080 williams_jay_clip3

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This recording is the property of Queens College Libraries' Department of Special Collections and Archives. Please contact qc.archives@qc.cuny.edu for research and reproduction requests.


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