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Nylon fur coats introduced

The Story

One of the surprising technical benefits of the Second World War is the nylon fur coat. This newest generation of fur coats are fire-resistant, moth-proof, washable with soap and water, hard to tear and almost impossible to wear out. The coats have been fashioned by engineers at the Defence Research Board aiming to service airmen and soldiers in the Arctic. Spun from nylon fibre, they're warm and look deceptively real. These coats are about to be sent into the commercial marketplace, and CBC reporter Gerald Waring expects them to be all the rage.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC News Roundup
Broadcast Date: June 3, 1949
Host: Bill Reid
Reporter: Gerald Waring
Duration: 3:15
Eaton's catalogue image used with the permission of Sears Canada Inc.

Did You know?

• In the 1950s, a ranch-bred mink coat sold for roughly $5,000 US, approximately the same price as a new Cadillac.
• Nylon is a strong and elastic material that was developed at the Du Pont laboratories in 1934.
• Du Pont debuted Nylon stockings on May 14, 1940. During the war, nylon production centred on the war effort and the material was instead used for parachutes and aircraft tires.

• When nylon stocking production resumed after the war, Du Pont was selling 30 million pairs of nylons per month in 1946.
• After the war, nylon hats, shoes, skirts, drapes, stockings, brushes, surgical sutures, window screens, wigs and matching artificial eyelashes successfully entered the consumers' marketplace.
• Synthetic fur is now a mainstream inexpensive fabric. It has enjoyed ever-increasing acceptance thanks to a greater awareness of and sensitivity to animal rights.



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