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Florence Inman photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS389

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs of Focal Point Inc.'s awards and recognitions, the staff and workshop, and the moldings they designed and manufactured. Examples of moldings and decorative medallions are shown after they were manufactured in the Focal Point workshop, or installed in residences and historic properties. Of special note are images of Focal Point co-founders, Florence Inman and Jerry Garrison, as well as custom-made designs for Atlanta's Fox Theatre, historic properties at Colonial Williamsburg, and the Georgia Secretary of State seal. Also included are promotional photographs of interiors that feature Focal Point, Inc. moldings in House Beautiful magazine and The Illustrated Guide to Focal Point.


  • 1970-1990, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical history

Florence Ricker Inman (1925-2014) was born in Houston, Texas, to Dr. Norman Hurd Ricker (1896-1980) and Sallie Lee St. Louis Ricker (1901-2004). She had two siblings: Norman Hurd Ricker Jr. (1927-2017) and Sallie Lee Ricker Snow (1931-2007). Florence Ricker was married three times. Her first marriage was to William Sandford Pottinger (1926-1982) in 1946. They had two children: Norman Sandford Pottinger (1948-1999) and Hallie Pottinger Henrickson. Her second marriage was to Frank Cloudt (1921-1987) in 1977. Her final marriage was to Samuel Cooper Inman (1927-2010), grandson of Atlanta businessman Edward H. Inman (1881-1931), in 1994.

In 1946, Inman earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Harriet Sophie Newcomb College, then the women's college of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She worked in interior design through the 1960s, and in 1970 she and Jerry Garrison co-founded Focal Point, Inc., a company specializing in the development and manufacturing of polyurethane cast moldings and decorative medallions. Her daughter, Hallie, later joined the company as vice president. Focal Point, Inc. was licensed by the Victorian Society in America; Colonial Williamsburg; Historic Natchez, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The company received the ASID International Design Award for its collection of innovative moldings. NMC Decoration, Inc. acquired Focal Point, Inc. in 1993 and changed its name to NMC-Focal Point. Inman was a member of the Portrait Society of Atlanta, the Junior League of Atlanta, and the Poppy Garden Club. She also served as secretary for the Atlanta Preservation Center and was a founding board member of Atlanta Landmarks. American Society of Interior Designers awarded Inman the Industry Foundation award in 1982 and the the Atlanta Preservation Center awarded her the Outstanding Service award in 1983.


87 color slide(s)




This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some items in this collection are located in cold storage (CS) as indicated by the descriptive inventory. Patrons must allow 24 hours after retrieval of item(s) before viewing material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2004

Related Materials

Focal Point, Inc. records, MSS 875, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2020.

Florence Inman photographs
Finding aid produced by Kate Daly
August 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305