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Pantyhose during WWII
September 19, 2012 12:33 PM   Subscribe

The unexpectedly fascinating story of pantyhose in wartime, via Smithsonian Magazine (part 1, part 2).
posted by mudpuppie (4 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

In 1945, “nylon riots” ensued around the country when hundreds, and sometimes even thousands of women, queued up to try to snag a pair.

I am enjoying this article greatly.
posted by carsonb at 12:47 PM on September 19, 2012

Now go watch The Marriage of Maria Braun.
posted by sibboleth at 1:57 PM on September 19, 2012

I'm currently reading through the New Yorker archives from the year or two before we entered WWII - it'll be interesting to see if/how this is addressed. Thanks for the post!
posted by acanthous at 2:33 PM on September 19, 2012

Interesting stuff. Leg makeup is still a thing, but I haven't worn hose in ... ten years? Longer, maybe.
posted by purpleclover at 2:33 PM on September 19, 2012

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