Second World War: Nylon Hose Were Precious

During the Second World War, nylon hose were rationed, and very rare.

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Nylon hose were very precious items during the Second World War. Our pastor's wife, who in later years became my mother-in-law, had the knack for repairing runs in nylons. She had a hooked instrument, similar to a very fine crochet hook. With this, she would start at the base of the run and weave the loose thread between the cross threads back up to the top of the run. She did such meticulous work, one could not detect there ever was a run. Needless to say, she kept busy mending nylons for church members and friends.

Our pastor conducted German-speaking services once a month. After the War broke out, congregation members opted to discontinue these services. Because of the animosity caused by the War, they feared destruction of church property by patriotic citizens.

My husband's uncle owned and operated a filling station at the time. The family suspicion he was selling black market tires because he seemed to be increasing his bank roll. This was never proven.

Betty Wittig
Wayne, Nebraska


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