Run resistant pantyhose from 30 years ago

April 20, 2014 under Vintage
Woodsonia non run all sheer pantyhose, vintage tights, made in Canada, 100 % nylon

Click to Buy it Here for $4.99

For those people who think that run resistant pantyhose is a new thing, have a look at these from 30 years ago. 

Woodsonia was a house brand of Woodward’s department stores in British Columbia and Alberta, which operated for a century before being sold to The Hudson Bay company in 1993. 

My friend had a stash of these vintage pantyhose at home and she gave it to me to sell. She bought it herself all those years back, but kept it new and untouched.

100% nylon and non run – sounds like impossible combination? At least some of the modern brands use lycra fusion to create such resistance, but here they say that it’s all about the stitch.

From a quick search online, we see that Woodsonia brand doesn’t exist anymore. Only what’s left of it is a few items advertised online for sale in either BC or Alberta provinces. 

In case you want to try it, I only have one pair here in off white, Medium size. $4.99

These are made in Canada, most likely in Vancouver. Oh, those were the good times when we had pantyhose locally made here!  Such pantyhose even had “Shop Canadian” logo on them. Too bad I wasn’t around yet to shop.

Where to Buy Vintage Stockings and Pantyhose in Vancouver?

July 10, 2013 under Vintage
vintage 100 nylon pantyhose by miss canada brand

My vintage pantyhose – Miss Canada brand, 100% nylon

I know where!  I am so excited, just now I was walking along Main Street and noticed a vintage store called Woo Vintage.  I rarely check vintage stores, but I absolutely had to go there because on their sign they had a pair of legs in stockings.  So I was hoping that if they carry it, I could buy some vintage stockings or pantyhose for myself.

I walked in and asked for vintage stockings.  To my surprise they had a whole basket full of all sorts of different brands!  Still unopened, both pantyhose and stockings from decades ago.  It’s  like a chance to travel back in time and feel what it was like for people back then.  What a treasure!  I am tempted to go buy the whole basket actually.  Here is an example from their online store – vintage Hudson stockings.  They also have an account on etsy.

I just couldn’t leave the store without a pair of Miss Canada pantyhose in my hand, a Canadian brand that probably no longer exists.  It claimed to be one size fits all.  Obviously, the same day I put on that 100% nylon vintage pantyhose. Relatively stretchy, sheer to waist, no gusset, chocolate brown.  Yes, for me it fits, but let’s just say I wouldn’t recommended for a lady either taller or heavier than me.

Miss Canada brand vintage 100 nylon sheer pantyhose package

Vintage packaging of Miss Canada brand pantyhose states that the composition of the hosiery is 100% nylon in both English and French. It probably used to be a brand that would sell in department stores, according to the shop owner.  One size fits all perhaps would be true a few decades go, but sure not for the modern North American size.  The range of 100 – 150 lbs would perhaps be about size Medium.

Miss Canada brand vintage 100 nylon sheer pantyhose packaging

I did spot a few special brands, like Alferd Sung, for example.  I recommend this location if you want to buy vintage stockings or vintage clothing and jewelry in general. Another item that I finally found there that I couldn’t find anywhere else was a pair of oversized vintage clip earrings.

 

Woo Vintage

4393 Main St.

Vancouver, BC

604 687 8200

 

If you are in Vancouver, come and indulge.  if you are not, they have a Facebook page and an Etsy store where you can purchase items.  Perhaps you may need to check directly about pantyhose though, since it is really one of a kind thing.  Once they are gone, they are gone.

https://woovintage.com/

https://www.facebook.com/WooVintageClothing

https://twitter.com/WooVintage

http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WooVintageClothing

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