The invention of nylon

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About the invention of nylon

Invented by DuPont in the 1930s, nylon was first used commercially in 1938, in toothbrush bristles. Nylon went on to transform the fashion world in the 1940s, becoming synonymous with stockings, though some textile experts remained unimpressed.

Contemporary reports express wonder at this product like silk made from coal, water and air. There were fears about the effect nylon would have on Australia's wool industry, though the effect it was having on Japan's silk industry was relished. During WWII, nylon was reserved for the construction of parachutes, and stockings were manufactured from another DuPont invention: rayon.

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Display of Holeproof stockings at Ball & Welch, 180 Flinders Street, Melbourne, ca. 1939–47, Edwin G Adamson, photographer

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