Mary Humphries, 1926 – 2018

I just read that Canadian fibre/fabric specialist and author Mary Humphries passed away February 22 at the age of 92.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, she grew up in Thornhill, Ontario, and received her MA from University College, University of Toronto. After marrying Michael Humphries in 1949, Mary became a specialist in textile and dye chemistry for Croy Knitting Mills. She also broadcast a weekly consumer program on CBC Radio in the 1960s.

Mary taught textile science at Seneca College in Toronto from its founding until she retired in the early 90s. During her tenure as a teacher, she developed a definitive book on fibre identification, that she self published many times (due to demand). The FHM has a first edition in its library, complete with all the swatches of material she attached to each fibre definition. Mary was also the editor of the Costume Society of Ontario’s newsletter for nearly two decades, until she retired and moved out to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia over a decade ago.

We are sorry to lose Mary who was always so supportive of the Fashion History Museum.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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