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Vintage Stockings Part 2

Don Cooper Is particularly creative when it comes to his sister’s discarded silk or nylon stockings. One of his favorite things to do is to use the stocking to scare his younger brothers. He stretches the stocking over his head, completely distorting his facial features. With a flashlight at his chin to emphasize the distortion, he presents a frightening visage, in the darkened room.

Don pulls a stocking over his head and hulks before his brothers moaning, “I’m going to get choo ooo!” His brothers gape at the flattened facial features and are genuinely afraid, even though they know it is Don. Don’s sisters would scold him for these pranks and threaten to cut off his supply of stockings.

Don didn’t like the threats because he knew from experience that the threats were not idle. He especially needs the stockings to keep his hair in place. He does not want to risk losing the key to his fine wavy hair. He may be only 13 years old, but he is determined to look good for the ladies.

To make the nightcap for his hair, Don cuts away and discards the area of stocking below mid-thigh, keeping the area where the garters attach. He then ties a knot at one end of what is left, creating the perfect nightcap to pull over his head.

It looks like an oversized skullcap made of silk, with a knot at the top. Each night before he goes to bed, Don pulls the soft cap over his head -- the length of it covers his eyes, so he rolls the excess material up to mid-forehead level. The only thing left to do is to tighten it, so the cap does not slip off in the night.

To keep the cap from slipping off, Don uses a 25 cents piece to tighten the stocking. He places the quarter against the stocking at the nape of his neck and folds it end over end, within the stocking, until the cap is comfortably tight. That is Don’s main use for the silk stocking.

Don is a popular kid who does well in school. He has never gotten into trouble at school, but he occasionally gets into trouble with his parents for doing things he shouldn’t be doing. Don believes his parent’s easy brand of punishment is a small price to pay for some of the naughty fun-and-games he can conjure up.

Halloween is right around the corner, and Don knows he will pay dearly for the prank he is planning to pull on Halloween night. He has discovered a fascinating new use for the silk stocking and can hardly wait to implement his plan …

Vintage Stockings Part 3


Street Talk

What a delight it is to hear from you and to participate in your past. You had a lot of fun in the past, and I certainly know you are having a lot of fun now. Thanks for sharing!

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  about 4 years ago
Joan S  

Yup, silk stockings are very versatile. You can make puppets with them too. Just put some stuffing in and pull them tight, tie at the base, and you have a head for your puppet. You can pull out ears (with the stuffing inside) and sew along the edge to keep the ears in place. Well Lewis, you know how to do that. You've been teaching art for years. Another slice of life. Thank you.

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  about 6 years ago

A good article Lewis

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  about 7 years ago

True story, Geoff.

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  about 7 years ago
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