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Title: Nursing Nightgown
Identifier: 2006.12.2
Donor: Phyllis Maybee
Item Date: 1890-1900
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: An ecru-coloured long nightgown designed for nursing. The neckline is square with a 3.0 cm stand up lace trim. There is 7.0 cm of lace below the neckline on the front and shoulders. At the neckline is a 1.0 cm wide band of lace interspersed with a draw string; then a 1.0 cm band of heavier cut-work lace; .3 cm of finer (reseau) lace and again another band of cut-work lace. (Reseau lace has a net background.) Below the lace on the front are four groups of five vertical (14.0 cm long) tucks. The sleeves are long, ending in a band of the cut-work lace and a 12.0 cm frill of reseau lace having a scalloped edge. The nightgown opens across the left shoulder and right down the left side for a length of 64.0 cm. Two (1.0 cm) mother-of-pearl buttons on the shoulder and three more buttons and button holes close the vertical opening on the left side. There are six 25.0 cm long vertical tucks at the centre back. The hemline is plain 3.5 cm folded under. Seams inside are French seams (double fold). There is a small tear in each armhole seam where they meet the side seams. Some light brown stains or discolouring throughout. As well, there are several red/rusty (1.0 cm and smaller) stains. Phyllis Marion Maybee, née Fryer, was born June 11, 1905 in West Toronto, but lived most of her life in Port Credit. Her father, John Harry Fryer, built a house at 1235 Minaki Drive (off Mineola Road) in Port Credit c. 1922. She lived here during her childhood and even rented this home for a few years once she was married. The house was a Dutch Colonial style and the ownership was transferred to Marguerite Patricia Fryer in 1967. The land was subdivided in 1988 with the intent to demolish it. Legend Homes has owned it since 2005 and it was illegally torn down recently. Mr. Fryer apparently named the street Minaki after a northern Ontario lodge. It is an aboriginal word meaning 'all good land' or 'beautiful country' according to the Heritage Impact Statement created by LACAC. Phyllis married Gareth Edward (Garry) Maybee on August 27, 1927 at Trinity Anglican Church and they had 68 years together. G. Maybee was born on June 9, 1902 in Toronto but his family moved to Port Credit where they lived on Stavebank Road. He graduated from U of T in 1924 and Osgoode Law School in 1927. Upon graduation he entered his father's patent practice, Ridout and Maybee. The Maybees had three daughters, Jane Stock, Nancy Archer and Lynn Watson. Phyllis and her husband lived at 88 Cumberland Drive in Port Credit since about June 1944. She was recently moved to a nursing home in Chelsea. Mrs. Maybee celebrated her 101st birthday in June 2006 and has lived most of these years in Port Credit.
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