TEXTILES: Parachutes Mean Bare Legs

It was a black week for the U.S. female leg. Du Pont announced tersely that, "because of demand for military purposes," nylon would no longer be sold on contract but on a spot basis (i.e., if there was any to sell). That meant that hosiery makers would get no nylon. They had long since stopped getting silk.

On what silk the U.S. has left WPB tightened its grip last week, even at the Army's expense. After March 1 "no silk may be used in the manufacture of parachutes until the grade and type has...

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