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Monday, March 12, 2012
1940s Technology for Women - Nylon Stockings - Soon to go the way of pantaloons and slips?
Nylon stockings are almost a thing of the past. Being of the "older" generation, I still wear them, but buying them is something else. Shelf space at the grocery store is shrinking daily. The younger generation, and by that I mean under 50, is hardly wearing them. Another technology soon to go the way of pantaloons and slips?
Nylon stockings were first invented by Charles Stine with Du Pont in 1939. According to the Nylon Stocking Society nylon stockings were first offered for public sale in May 1940 at both The Expo on the West Coast and the World's Fair on the East Coast. Those first Nylons had a seam down the back and women were always checking to see if their seem was straight. During the war, Nylons were scarce and women would draw a seam down the back of their legs to simulate nylons. After the war, nylons were in such great demand that fights broke out in stores called the Nylon Riots. Unbelievable.