April 2, 1943

Increased Durability on the Way
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The War Production Board (WPB) yesterday ordered that women’s hosiery must be more durable to last longer. The order covers the yarn used in hosiery manufacture and is designed to save fifteen million pounds of wool, rayon, and cotton yarn each year. The effect of the order, which goes into full force May 15, will necessitate an increase in the content of rayon in all types of hosiery. The WPB insists hosiery made in this manner will be “…generally more durable and wear longer.” Sheer stockings in general have not been banned, but manufacture of the sheerest, poorest wearing type has been banned. Each manufacturer may produce hosiery in only seven colors of their choice. Men’s hosiery is similarly restricted.

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