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To mark the 80th anniversary of nylon stockings, Rosalind Jana looks at Magnum photographers' depictions of these items, from the comic to the seductive, from high-fashion to the quotidian. Eighty years ago this month, nylon stockings went on sale for the first time. Why Wilmington? It was home to the headquarters of DuPont: the company responsible for inventing nylon. However, the company chose stockings as its figurehead item with which to launch nylon into the world. It was a canny decision. Although other semi-synthetic fabrics existed — such as rayon — none as yet could offer sinuous proximity to silk — the stocking fabric of choice — whilst simultaneously offering better elasticity and durability. It worked. Within a year of going on national sale, 64 million pairs had been sold in the United States. However, their initial popularity was short-lived.