In the days before tights

Although tights as we know them were invented in the late 1950s, it was well into the 1960s before many people were wearing them. Prior to that, nylon stockings, one for each leg were the norm.

These had to be held up to prevent them from falling down to one’s ankles. A suspender belt was worn around the waist and four suspenders dangled down from it, with sliding clips to attach to the stockings.

At Market Lavington Museum, we have an unused pair of replacement suspenders, with loops at the top, so they could be slid onto the suspender belt.

Like many of our museum artefacts, they may well bring back memories to some of our older readers.

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