Leg Silque Liquid Stockings, Shade P244 Suntan

While leg makeup has been commercially available since the 1920s, it wasn't until rationing was introduced during the World War II that the product became an essential commodity for many American women. Unable to procure silk or nylon hose, many women resorted to painting their legs with products such as Leg Silque Liquid Stockings, made in Boston, Mass., by the Langlois Company. Some industrious users even drew black lines down the backs of their legs to simulate the seams.
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Object Name
make-up, leg
date made
ca 1942
Langlois Inc.
Physical Description
glass (container material)
overall: 5 in x 3 in x 1 3/4 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x 4.445 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Clothing & Accessories
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Make-up
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


I remember my mother telling me about the "leg makeup " she and her 5 sisters used during WWII. She used an eyebrow pencil to draw the seams up the back of her legs.

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