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Photo of the week - liquid stockings

By Margaret Warren | 5 February 2013

Each week the staff who describe the digitised photographs in our collection select a photo that is added to SLQ's Flickr Commons Photo of the week 2013 set.

This week our photo is of a young lady having liquid hosiery applied to her legs in a department store in Brisbane, September 1941.

Nylon stockings became scarce during World War II as nylon was rationed for the manufacturing of parachutes, ropes and netting. Hence, a new fashion arose from the nylon ration called liquid stockings. This lead to the establishment of liquid hosiery bars appearing in department stores. Alas, the trend was not too last as liquid hosiery was soon prohibited by the Department of War, Organisation of Industry as essential chemicals were being used in the manufacture of the stocking substitute.

Do you have any memories of rationing and creative ways Queenslanders coped during and after World War 2?

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