Yes, we have no more nylon

From a 1942 Spiegel catalog:

Spiegel catalog page

Text of that Important Notice About Nylon Hose:

Due to the tremendous volume of sales, our original stock of the Nylon hosiery listed on page 104 of our big Fall and Winter Spiegel catalog is now completely sold out. We will be unable to get any more for our customers for the duration because all Nylon has been taken over by the government for military purposes. However, we are sure you can fill all your hosiery needs satisfactorily from our large selection of silks, rayons and lisles.

In fact, the War Production Board commandeered silk first, then nylon, but silk, being pricier — the $2.98 you’d spend for three pair of silks in 1942 equals about $39 today — didn’t disappear as quickly from stores and catalogs.

(Via Found in Mom’s Basement.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    22 June 2010 · 2:54 pm

    Someone who was in her 20s during that era (I forget if it was a relative or friend of the family) recalled using an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil to draw “fake seams” up the backs of her legs (easier if you get a friend to do it) and there was a powder you could put on your legs that made them look more “matte,” like you were wearing stockings.

  2. CGHill »

    22 June 2010 · 3:08 pm

    I seem to recall a scene in Truffaut’s The Last Metro in which the beleaguered theater company is drawing in seams precisely that way.

    As for the powder, now it’s a spray-on.

  3. fillyjonk »

    22 June 2010 · 8:35 pm

    Well, they make hair in a can, so why not hose in a can?

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