Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wednesday Medley ~ National Nylon Stocking Day

Found another fun meme to partake in. Head on over to Your Friend From Florida..... for other participants. Here is a medley of questions you may choose to answer on your Wednesday blog. There aren't any rules and there is no obligation. Link up if you want to. I'm doing this to fill my Wednesday and if you are interested, then I invite you to join in!! It might be fun!!

Everything below this line was copied from the National Calendar site.

National Nylon Stocking Day is observed across the country each year on May 15.

Many may not remember ever hearing the term “nylon stockings.” Varying in color, design, and transparency, a nylon stocking (also known as hose) is a close-fitting, variously elastic garment worn the same as socks or tights.

Stockings worn before the 1890s were made of woven cloth such as cotton, linen, wool or silk. Before the 1920s, women’s stockings were worn for warmth. As hemlines of women’s dresses rose in the 1920s, women began to wear stockings over their exposed legs. These 1920s stockings were sheer, made first of silk or rayon, followed by nylon after 1940.

Chemical company DuPont’s introduction of nylon in 1939 began a high demand for stockings in the United States. As nylon stockings were inexpensive, durable and shear, up to 4 million pairs would be purchased each day.

On February 11, 1942, as America entered World War II, DuPont ceased production of nylon stockings and switching their focus to the manufacture of parachutes, airplane cords and rope. This created a mass shortage followed by a black market for stockings. At the end of World War II, DuPont resumed production of the stockings but could not meet the demand leading to nylon riots in American stores. In time, DuPont was able to increase its output.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the first pantyhose made its appearance. Film and theater productions had stockings sewn to the briefs of actresses and dancers, as seen in popular films such as Daddy Long Legs. Unlike stockings, pantyhose did not require a garter belt to hold the stockings up.

Pantyhose were introduced in 1959, providing a convenient alternative to stockings which led to a decline in their sales. In 1970, for the first time, United States sales of pantyhose exceeded stocking sales and has remained the same ever since. In 1987, there was a slight decline in sales in pantyhose due to the newly invented hold-ups. However, they remain the most purchased kind of hosiery.
Everything above this line is copied from the National Calendar site.

1. Do you (men don't have to answer) ever wear stockings today? I do on occasion...until legs get some

2. Terri can remember her mom wearing hose with the seam in the back. Do you have any memories of those? I vaguely do During the war, when stockings were scarce, women would draw a line on their legs to simulate wearing stockings! How far would you go to superficially fake something today? Well... I do color my hair... not ready to go gray

3. Women actually rioted after WWII because Dupont couldn't keep up with the demand for nylon stockings! Is there anything today you would riot for if the supply dried up (other than basic food and water needs)? I don't think so

4. Pantyhose were first called Panty Legs. I'm sure we all have worn pantyhose at one time or another (again, men don't have to answer). Do you still have a pair or three in a drawer? I have one pair of nylons Do you wear them? on occasion until the legs get a little color on them

5. This is also National Chocolate Chip Day. Perhaps chocolate is something to riot for if we ran out? Joe's favorite cookie is chocolate chip. What is yours? oatmeal raisin

6. Please share something with us about your week. Its been a low key week not a lot going on right now. Ready for the weather to stay warm, so I can go out and do some yard work and get the kayak in the water!!


  1. Sounds like a fun summer ahead! Hopefully that kayak can get in the water soon. 😊😊

  2. Oatmeal raisin really are good cookies. I am laughing because so far each blog reminds me of the fake things I do without thinking anything about it … coloring hair, permanent eyeliner, make-up, etc!! Ha! Hope you are able to get out soon!

  3. Oatmeal raisin cookies...yum.

    I think we are all ready for warm, summer weather.

  4. Aha! Another oatmeal raisin lover... I much prefer the chewiness of one... with a cup of tea!!!

  5. Did not think about coloring my hair. Goodness, been doing that more years than I can count. :o))

  6. I never thought about the stuff everyone is mentioning (hair dye, makeup, etc.) as faking it, but yeah, looked at it that way, I fake a lot of stuff. LOL

  7. Oh, I forgot about oatmeal raisin. Yummy. Kayaking sounds fun. I've never done it though. Hope you get to real soon.

  8. I think of minimal makeup like a bit of mascara or blush as simply enhancements, not fakery. Hair dye, heavy makeup, etc. is a different story to me.

    My hubby is anxious to get his kayak into the water too, but it'll be a few weeks at least.

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