How much do you know about socks? Stockings?
Here are some facts: (which will come in handy, sometime/somewhere and could possibly save your life)
- In ancient times the stockings and socks were made of leather, or animal hair/matted fur.
- it was not until the 16th century that fabric stockings were manufactured.
- socks and stockings were handmade primarily up to the 1800s
- The modern English word sock is derived from the Old English word socc, meaning “light slipper”.
- The Children’s Society produced the largest Christmas stocking made in December 2007, and measured 32.56 meters (106 feet and 10 inches) in height and 14.97 feet (49 feet 1 inch) in width, and contained 1000 presents.
- Original Christmas stockings were use-able and never intended to be solely for display.
- During the late 19th and early 20th centuries stockings often featured elaborate designs, patterns and embroidery on the feet and calves was common. Red stockings were oh so very popular. (tres chic)
- Sock production was sent reeling on its heels with the invention of nylon in 1938.
- During the time of 1940’s, the war effort had a direct impact on nylon stocking manufacturing, giving rise to The Nylon Riots.
- Four million pairs of stockings bought in one day (1939).
- DUPONT engineered the first pair of women’s nylons as we know them today.
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