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Hosiery (series), circa 1836-1926

Collector:
Warshaw, Isadore d. 1969
Physical description:
2 boxes
Type:
Advertisements
Advertising cards
Articles
Books
Correspondence
Customs records
Invoices
Posters
Receipts
Date:
1836
1926
circa 1836-1926
Summary:
Contains materials relating to the production and sale of hosiery in the United States and abroad. Includes posters, advertising cards, import/export documents, correspondence, invoices, receipts, advertisements, books and articles from manufacturers, dealers and importers of hosiery. Images of men and women are present, as well as images of stores and products. The bulk of the material dates from the late 19th century.
Cite as:
Hosiery series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box ##, folder ###, digital file number ####
Topic:
Hosiery
Hosiery industry
Hosiery, Nylon
Hosiery, Silk
Socks
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Warshaw Collection of Business Americana ca. 1724-1977
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Dorothy Perkins Hosiery Mill

Measurements:
overall: 16.1 cm x 5.8 cm x 5.8 cm; 6 11/32 in x 2 9/32 in x 2 9/32 in
overall: 6 1/2 in x 2 1/8 in x 2 1/8 in; 16.51 cm x 5.3975 cm x 5.3975 cm
Object Name:
make-up, leg
cosmetic
Place made:
United States: New York, New York
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Health
Credit Line:
Gift of Sidney Glaser
ID Number:
1985.0481.001
Catalog number:
1985.0481.001
Accession number:
1985.0481
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Health
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Additional Online Media:

Nolde and Horst Fine Hosiery

Designer:
Gustav Boerg Jensen, Danish, 1898 – 1954
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Type:
graphic design
Photograph
Object Name:
Photograph
Made in:
USA
Period:
Art Deco
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Depicted in white on a black background, the design has the appearance of an illuminated object, perhaps intended for display in the client's offices or retail establishment, and for adaptation to printed matter. Within a circle formed by four thick, equal bands broken by four circles at the top, bottom and sides, the company logo, Nolde and Horst Fine Hosiery, comprised of two semi-circles, is imprinted in capitals in a stencil-styled type. In the center, an abstract symbol formed by an unbroken, curved line, completes the design.
Credit Line:
Gift of Ellen Gustav Jensen
Accession Number:
1956-47-74-b
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Experimental stockings

Maker:
Union Hosiery Co.
Physical Description:
nylon (overall material)
silk (welt, heel, toe material)
cotton (seam material)
Measurements:
overall: 33 in; 83.82 cm
Object Name:
stockings, pair of
Object Type:
Stockings
Place Made:
United States
Date made:
ca 1937
1937
Description:
In 1928, the E. I. DuPont de Nemours Co. hired Wallace Carothers Ph. to conduct pure research in any area of chemistry he chose. His interest was in the construction of long chain polymers, similar to those found in nature. There was no product in mind when he and his team began their work, they simply wanted to learn as much about large molecules as possible. The work done by Carothers and his team lead to the discovery of polyesters and polyamides. DuPont went with the polyamides, and nylon was born. It was the first fiber produced entirely in the laboratory, and was introduced to the public in the form of women's stockings at the 1939 World's Fair. Nylon stockings went on sale May 15, 1940, and were a smashing success. Prior to the production of nylon stockings, American women wore stockings made of silk or rayon. By 1942, nylon stockings were taking twenty percent of the stocking market. With U.S. entry into World War Two, nylon was declared a defense material and withdrawn from the civilian market. Nylon's most famous use during the war was as a replacement for silk in parachutes. However, it was also used in ropes, netting, tire cord, and dozens of other items. So many uses were found for nylon that some referred to it as the "fiber that won the war." When the war ended, nylon stockings were brought back and quickly replaced silk and rayon in the stocking market.
This is the first pair of experimental nylon stockings made by Union Hosiery Company for Du Pont in 1937. The leg of the stocking is nylon, the upper welt, toe, and heel are silk, and cotton is found in the seam. The nylon section of the stocking would not take the silk dye, and dyed to black instead of brown.
Subject:
Clothing & Accessories
Industry & Manufacturing
Science & Mathematics
Textiles
National Treasures exhibit
Related Publication:
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title:
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author:
National Museum of American History
Publication URL:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures
Credit Line:
Gift of E. I DuPont deNemours & Co.
ID Number:
TE*T12049
Accession number:
227591
Catalog number:
T12049
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
National Treasures exhibit
Exhibition:
Treasures of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

34c Advertisement for Luxite Hosiery single

Scott Catalogue USA 3502e
Medium:
paper; ink(multicolored) / photogravure; adhesive
Type:
Postage Stamps
Place:
United States of America
Date:
February 1, 2001
Description:
mint
Topic:
Art & Photography
Credit line:
Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.
Object number:
2001.2010.404.5
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum

Sumner Hosiery Mill Records, 1946-1957

Creator:
Sumner Hosiery Mill
Donor:
Sumner, Harold Townsend
Physical description:
0.3 cu. ft.
Type:
Articles
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Advertisements
Scrapbooks
Date:
1946
1946-1957
20th century
Notes:
Hosiery manufacturer in Gastonia, North Carolina, started in 1938. History of company by Mr. Sumner and notes from an interview with Mr. Sumner by Craig Orr in Archives Center control files.
Summary:
Archival records from the Sumner Hosiery Mill, including two documents relating to the construction of the hosiery; a booklet of product samples entitled "Sumner See-Shells Fall and Winter Shades", 1952; a scrapbook containing articles, packaging, photographs of the product, and of models wearing it; and numerous advertisements for the hosiery and for stores selling it.
Cite as:
Sumner Hosiery Mill Records, 1946-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Knitting companies (Mills)
Textile industry
Hosiery
Hosiery, Nylon
Advertising
Fashion
Local number:
2000.3034 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

The Hosiery trade journal

Author:
Stevenson, Albert E
Leicester Textile Society
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1894
1973
Notes:
Description based on: Vol. 39, no. 463 (July 1932); Title from cover.
Topic:
Hosiery--Periodicals
Knit goods--Periodicals
Call number:
TT679 .H82
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Hosiery & underwear review

Hosiery and underwear review
Physical description:
15 v. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1946
1961
1946-1961
Notes:
Title from cover.
Topic:
Hosiery industry--Periodicals
Underwear industry--Periodicals
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Hosiery manufacture / by William Davis

Author:
Davis, William M.A
Physical description:
x, 136 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1923
Notes:
Includes index.
Topic:
Hosiery
Knit goods
Call number:
TT681 .D26
TT681.D26
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Knitting full-fashioned hosiery, by Max C. Miller

Author:
Miller, Max C
Physical description:
vii, 259 p. illus., fold. plates. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1937
Notes:
"This book, with added matter, is a compilation and rearrangement of articles originally appearing periodically in the textile world from May, 1930, to June, 1936, inclusive."--Pref.
Topic:
Knitting machines
Hosiery
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

The full fashioned hosiery industry/ by John Nash McCullaugh

Author:
McCullaugh, John Nash
Textile Machine Works (Reading, Pa.)
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1929
C1929
Notes:
"All charts published herein are copyright 1929, by the Textile machine works, Reading, Pa."
Topic:
Hosiery--Costs
Call number:
HF5686.T4 M33 1929
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

The American directory of the hosiery and knit goods manufacturers of the United States and Canada : with maps showing the location of mill towns together with lists of ... and wholesalers of knit goods / compiled by the Textile world journal

American directory of the knitting trade in the United States and Canada
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 15 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
18uu
Notes:
Description based on: 1916.
Topic:
Hosiery--Directories
Call number:
TT695 .A5X
TT695.A5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Felkin's History of the machine-wrought hosiery and lace manufactures

Author:
Felkin, William
Physical description:
lix, 596 p. 20 plates (incl. diagrs., port.). 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Topic:
Hosiery
Lace and lace making
Call number:
TT685 .F316 1967n
TT685.F316 1967
TT685.F316 1967n TT685.F316 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Holeproof Hosiery Advertisement, (painting)

Painter:
Barclay, McClelland 1891-1943
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings-Illustration
Paintings
Date:
1925
Notes:
"Visions of romance: works from the Kelly collection of American illustration," Asheville, N.C.: Walker Arts Center, 2000, no. 2.
Summary:
A woman wearing a bright yellow sleeve-less dress is seated on a carved stool and holding a bouquet in her left arm and looking at a card which she holds is her right hand. A woman wearing a black dress stands to the right and holds a pink box.
Topic:
Literature
Figure group--Female
Object--Flower
Control number:
IAP 89520002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

The Scottish hosiery and knitwear industry, 1680-1980 / Clifford Gulvin

Author:
Gulvin, Clifford
Physical description:
ix, 163 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Scotland
Date:
1984
C1984
Notes:
Includes index.
Topic:
Hosiery industry--History
Knit goods industry--History
Call number:
HD9969.H8G754 1984X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Hosiery manufacture, by William Davis ... With 61 illustrations including many original photo-micrographs

Author:
Davis, William fl. 1795-1816
Physical description:
x, 136 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1920
[1920]
Topic:
Hosiery
Knit goods
Call number:
TT680.D3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

This Little Maid Buys Her Hosiery at Mabley & Company's Bazaar [trade card]

Advertiser:
Mabley & Co
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item
Culture:
Japanese
Type:
Trade cards
Date:
1880
1900
Summary:
Caucasian woman, brown hair, back to viewer facing right, wearing yellow kimono, purple sash, holding dark purple fan in right hand. This image also used by: H. Alexander (Boots), Bell's Buffalo Soap, George R. Lyon (Druggist), Holbrook & Taylor (Boots), and Adam & Westlake Manufacturing Co (Stoves).
Topic:
Advertising
Hosiery
Kimonos
Local number:
AC0060-0000145 (AC Scan No.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

History of hosiery, from the piloi of ancient Greece to the nylons of modern America

Author:
Grass, Milton N
Physical description:
283 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1956
1955 [c1956]
Topic:
Hosiery industry--History
Costume--History
Call number:
TT681.G7X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Cotton hosiery for women : a portfolio of design / by David H. Young

Author:
Young, David H
United States Bureau of Home Economics
Physical description:
l portfolio ([1] leaf, 38 leaves of plates : ill. ; 27 cm.)
Type:
Patterns
Date:
1942
Topic:
Hosiery, Cotton
Knitting
Call number:
TT681 .Y69Z
TT681.Y69Z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Hosiery, knit underwear, and gloves, by Natalie Kneeland

Author:
Kneeland, Natalie
Physical description:
xx, 126 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1924
Topic:
Hosiery
Underwear
Gloves
Knit goods
Sales personnel
Selling
Call number:
HF5439.H6 K6X
HF5439.H6K6X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries

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