History of pantyhose

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  1. Nelson.C says:

    If pantyhose didn’t go on sale until 1959, then what was Playboy’s centrefold for May 1955 wearing? I’d throw in a link, but I don’t want to risk getting spanked by the mods; you can find the picture through google easily enough.

  2. Anonymous says:

    #26- No that is not a quote from Lyndon Johnson. That is an old joke- but old from the 80′s.
    (written by someone that was too weak & stupid to make a lil’ hole in the super thin material.)
    :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    In the sixties my mother and sister happily burned their girdles after pantyhose became popular.

  4. Teresa Nielsen Hayden says:

    Teapunk: They did develop non-running pantyhose. You used to be able to buy them via mail order. Sufficient stress would put a hole in them, but they wouldn’t develop spontaneous runs.

    Why weren’t they adequately marketed? I have no idea.

  5. tim says:

    In 1968 the mini skirt came in, and there was no way to keep stockings up without a lot of underwear showing

    You say that like it’s a bad thing?

    In 1968 I was 8. I was at just a nice height where my sitting down eyeline was at or below the new hemline level. Ah, happy days…

  6. empirechick says:

    We always referred to pantyhose as ‘nylon death’.

    Good riddance!

  7. amuderick says:

    I thought Ann Miller invented pantyhose:

    “Miller invented pantyhose in the 1940s as a solution to the problem of continual torn stockings during the filming of dance production numbers. The common practice had been to sew hosiery to briefs worn by Miller. If torn, the entire garment had to be removed and resewn with a new pair. At Miller’s request, hosiery was manufactured for her as a single pantyhose. [4]” – Wikipedia

  8. FoetusNail says:

    The dude at the buffet had better watch his own ass.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Tights as we call them in UK, give me that medieval troubadour look i soo love.

  10. wolfiesma says:

    Time for a dumb joke!

    How can you tell when a woman farts?

    Her ankles swell!!

    (cue Waldorf and Stadler laughter)
    (though they’d never be so crass) :)

  11. adamnvillani says:

    Here we go, NSFW, Playboy’s Playmate of the Month, May 1955, certainly appearing to wear pantyhose:
    http://dynamictension.net/lounge/diane/5505_Marguerite_Empey.jpg

  12. Wooster says:

    The opening of the article puzzle me: The year was 1953 and if you were a woman, a night on the town meant either squeezing into a girdle or slipping on a garter belt. Formal dress dictated that females wear such intimate, and often uncomfortable, articles of clothing.

    In 1953, women rarely wore pants. If they were at the office, or bridge club, or going to the grocery store, they were probably wearing a girdle and nylons. And heels.

    Now — just think about un-air-conditioned summer days. And if you think that’s tough, you’re probably just visualizing light summer clothes. Ha! My mom once told me about taking the train back to college the first week in September with temperatures in the 90s, wearing a tweed suit. Hey, it was after Labor Day.

  13. Wooster says:

    For the British readers, that sentence “rarely wore pants” should translate as “rarely wore trousers”.

  14. Teapunk says:

    And in fifty years they have not yet developed a pantyhose that won’t get runs.

  15. IamInnocent says:

    My only memory of the pantyhose is that of my countless aunts at family reunions, most getting older and fatter, hiking theirs up as they crawled down they bellies with regularity. It seemed to be a communicative behavior, done half-consciously, like yawning is, and was quite often done in sequence.

    Adults appear so strange seen from down-up. :)

  16. Teresa Nielsen Hayden says:

    Adamvillani, close-fitting knitted trousers with attacked stocking feet have been around for a long time. Americans call them tights.

    You wouldn’t refer to old-fashioned nylon stockings as socks; they’re a different kind of garment. The same goes for pantyhose vs. tights.

  17. Anonymous says:

    what IS the difference between pantyhose and tights?

    (i need to know)

  18. Anonymous says:

    I remember how very “adult” I felt when I got my 1st pair of crochet hose & gerter belt. Then I remember getting Leggs! Hooray! And now I will only wear pantyhose to funerals.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Rise of the mini-skirt? Ar ar.

  20. sciencemetro says:

    Pantyhose, or some form of pantyhose, definitely existed before 1959–they were used during Shakespeare’s time–but the reason that year matters is because they were first able to be mass marketed.

  21. TroofSeeker says:

    Tights are opaque; pantyhose and stockings are to make the skin on your legs look smooth and beautiful, and usually well tanned. Near as I can tell…

  22. Anonymous says:

    I was there. In 1968 the mini skirt came in, and there was no way to keep stockings up without a lot of underwear showing. Pantyhose was the answer, and the sales took off.

  23. Anonymous says:

    #21 — yet failing to do either…

  24. billtheburger says:

    Is this a real quote by Lyndon B Johnson?
    “…the worst thing that’s happened to this country since pantyhose ruined finger-fucking.”
    ‘cos it’s my favorite pantyhose related quote.

  25. IamInnocent says:

    As far as I can tell, the pantyhose is a special case of the tights including proper underpants. Tights can be as varied as being a leotard without feet (dancers) or a complex embroidered or knitted network.

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