Nylons Help Win the War!
Women sacrificed many things during World War II, including their nylon stockings! DuPont began producing the popular hosiery in 1939, and by the end of 1940, more than 64 million pairs of nylons had been sold. When war began in 1941, DuPont had to switch to making nylon parachutes and B-29 bomber tires instead. The women of the time were resourceful. Some painted lines that looked like stocking seams down the backs of their legs. Others bought their nylons on the black marke