Thursday, October 22, 2015

My View #131 - Silk Stockings

When my sister Mary was about 17 years old, and I about 15, real silk stockings came on the market, for women and girls to wear. This was in 1926 or 1927 and every girl who could get a pair was very happy. Panty-hose were not made till the 1960s. You had to hold the stockings up with a set of garters, attached to a corset, a girdle, or a garter belt, awful things. These silk stockings had a dark seam down the back, so you had to fasten them carefully or your legs looked crooked. Such smooth, silky stockings.
Woman wearing silk stockings. Photo by George Marks.

This was the result. Mary and I both wanted a pair of silk stockings for Christmas, but at $5.00 a pair, no way could Dad and Mom afford two pairs, so Mom bought one pair and we had to share and share alike. Wow, what fun! I didn't mind that decision, but Mary sure did. I gave in to her until Mom found out. Being poor is not fun but in those years everybody was poor and you had to share strange things at times: food, clothing, boots, sheets (if one was very ill,) even medicine. You never spent a dime when a nickel would do. If you couldn't pay for a thin you didn't buy it.

Many years later, Mary and I laughed hard over the "silk stocking affair," that poor Mom tried to solve. She was right though, and we learned how tough life can be. No such thing as credit cards in those lean years. We learned to be frugal. After about four times each of sharing, those silky stockings wore out. Such is life. That's it.

Mom
September 25, 2008