Second World War: Treasured Nylon Hose

Illinois woman reflects on the rarity of nylon hose during the Second World War.

| Good Old Days

During the Second World War there was a shortage of nylon hose. I remember one old friend guarding her one good pair, keeping them in a fruit jar with the lid on tight. She wore them only on good weather Sundays and to funerals, rationing being what it was. 

One Saturday while uptown, I noticed a long line, even out to the sidewalk, at Murphy's. I investigated and found a shipment of hose had just come in. They had moved the boxes to the back of the store and were selling them from there, only one pair per person. I bought mine, then went to the end of the line and bought a pair for my mother. I went again for a pair for my sister. Now as I observe the well-stocked nylon shelves and read their expensive ads, I think of that time when one good pair of nylons was really a treasure.

Florence Palmer 
Marshall, Illinois

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 




September 12-13, 2019
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

Fermentation Frenzy! is produced by Fermentation magazine in conjunction with the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR. This one-and-a-half day event is jam-packed with fun and informative hands-on sessions.


Subscribe today

Capper's FarmerWant to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer — the newly restored publication from the rural know-how experts at — updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more. Subscribe today and discover the joys of homemade living and homesteading insight — with a dash of modern living — that makes up the new Capper’s Farmer.

Save Even More Money with our automatic renewal savings plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $6 and get 4 issues of Capper's Farmer for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $22.95 for a one year subscription!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds

click me