Leg Silque Liquid Stockings

Description
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.
Location
Currently on loan
Object Name
cosmetic
make-up, leg
date made
ca 1942
maker
Langlois Inc.
Physical Description
glass (container material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
1985.0481.002
accession number
1985.0481
catalog number
1985.0481.002
maker number
P244
subject
Clothing & Accessories
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Make-up
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Health
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Make-up
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Sidney Glaser

Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 10:17:41 AM
Barbara
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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