|Nylon stockings in Sears & Roebuck, 1940|
It was on this day in history, February 16, 1937 when a patent granted to Dr. Wallace Hume Carothers via DuPont, Inc. changed the face of tights, socks, stockings, hosiery forever. Nylon was actually created two years earlier in the DuPont research laboratories. The patent made it real!
What made nylon so special?
Nylon is plastic. Not only plastic but a plastic that will not burn. It is a thermoplastic silky substance meaning it can both melt and freeze. It can also be fashioned into filaments, thus, the beginnings of nylons for women.
|EXPO New York 1939|
Nylon proved to be very versatile...hog-bristle toothbrushes were replaced with non-bristled ones; nylons took the place of silk stockings; during WWII, it was used in the making of parachutes and flak vests; it became key in the manufacture of tires, fabrics, lingerie, bridal veils, carpets, and rope; it erupted as an essential ingredient in mechanical gears and injection molding.The list goes on and on...
Why should we celebrate?
With all of that going on, it is no wonder why this is a day to celebrate. Okay, ladies, put on those nylons and show a bit of leg today for Dr. Carothers ingenious discovery!
|DuPont advert for Nylon, 1948|