Nylon pirates: the postwar craze for cut-price stockings

In the late 1940s, soaring demand for US nylons helped turn Britain into a smuggler’s paradise. Mark Roodhouse describes shop-floor riots, theft on the high seas and stockings’ brief heyday at the heart of mafia crime rings

A 1954 illustration of a woman wearing nylons. Lightweight, easy to conceal and fiercely sought after, stockings were a favourite with smugglers. (Photo by Bridgeman)

This article was first published in the June 2019 edition of BBC History Magazine

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