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Vintage Photos of the Nylon Stocking Boom and Beyond

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In October 1939, the chemical company DuPont introduced nylon stockings to the market. At the time, stockings could only be found in sheer silk or rayon—which, although luxurious, were far too susceptible to runs and rips. Nylon was touted for its “strength of steel and sheerness of cobwebs,” a promise that instantly had women lining up for blocks. Within the first year of production, 64 million pairs of nylon stockings flew off the shelves. As the first fully synthetic stocking, nylons splashed across women’s wardrobes and the silver screen alike, from the legs of socialites to the those peeking out from under Dorothy’s house in The Wizard of Oz. However, when the U.S. entered World War II in 1941, nylon was rationed and allocated for war efforts, making them essentially disappear from the hosiery market. As they returned to stores following the war, the nylon craze was reignited and, in 1945, so-called nylon riots ensued as thousands of women lined up to buy them. Follow the market-breaking journey of nylon stockings with CR‘s vintage visual history of the favorite add-on.

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