Saturday, October 24, 2009

On October 24

On this day in ...
... 1939 (70 years ago today), the 1st nylons went on sale to the public at 6 stores in Wilmington, Delaware, home of the DuPont company that had invented the synthetic nylon fiber a few years earlier. "Within a few hours, the stores' supplies of nylon stockings were sold out -- even though they were supposed to last through the end of the year." Demand remained strong when the product went on sale nationwide the following year, "although many women were surprised to discover that even stockings made from a material as 'strong as steel' could still run like conventional silk stockings." (credit for photo captioned "The coveted nylon stockings were proudly put on right on the street after purchasing them.")

(Prior October 24 posts are here and here.)

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