Cover Girl Pantyhose & the Cover Up Story

April 23, 2014 under Vintage

Siebruck Hosiery Ltd, a Canadian manufacturer in Montreal, Quebec, had a cool brand on the market in the 80s and 90s. Cover Girl brand was a registered trade mark (not sure if there was any conflict with the same name used for cosmetics), available in local department stores in Canada.

vintage pantyhose for sale

Buy it here for $4.99

I think of those times and sadly exhale. There were hosiery mills in Canada and departments stores with shelves full. Now, except for Mondor (even though they could partially outsource some of the processes), there is no hosiery industry here anymore.

According to some research online, we can even see that Siebruck had a patent for the ornamental design on the hosiery packages.

However, Siebruck didn’t go out of business because of lack of customers. They went bankrupt in 1996 because of a lawsuit for “unreported sales in excess of $1.5 million”. Ouch, Cover Girl was trying to cover up some serious cash. The president of the company, Herman Gruenwald, tried to present a counter-claim for $3 million dollars for damaged reputation, but obviously didn’t get too far with that.

cover girl pantyhose brand advertisement Montreal Quebeck Siebruck hosieryI got one pair of these from my friend who bought them about 30 years back. That means, that Cover Girl was still innocent and popular.

It’s about size Large, burgundy colour. 100% nylon. Of course it’s in the shop section for the price that she wants for it.

Note: If anyone doesn’t really care about getting it, but wants me to model it for them, let me know. Maybe we can work something out. At the moment it’s unworn and will be sold this way, unless of course it’s requested otherwise. 

Three Legged Pantyhose Patent

July 31, 2013 under Weird

3 legged pantyhose American patent 1997 trioWHAT IS THIS???

No, no, no, it’s not for 3 legged mutants.

This is an actual pantyhose patent (1997) with a spare leg that is supposed to be worn 1.5 times longer than regular pantyhose.

A spare leg is hidden in a pocket until a run forms in one of the legs in use.  Then the defective leg is tucked away and the new one is put to work.

I can understand the durability part, but having a bunch of nylon fabric tucked away somewhere would cause an interesting bulge on a woman, especially if this pocket is located in the front of the crotch as illustrated on the diagram below.

These are the weirdest pantyhose I’ve seen, so three legged pantyhose tops my list.  Have you see anything crazier?

THREE LEGGED PANTYHOSE PATENT DIAGRAMS

 

three legged pantyhose diagram 1

three legged pantyhose diagram 2

 

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Pantyhose Patent by a Hollywood Star, Julie Newmar – the Original Cat Woman!

July 27, 2012 under Vintage

I was surprised to find on Google (totally by accident) that an actress Julie Newmar (born in 1933, played the original cat woman) came out with a pantyhose patent in the ’70s for shaping the behind, being ultra-sheer, and ultra-snug.

At least by what I found on Google, it looks like that patent was renewed in the year 2000.  So I guess it’s still being produced.

I’d love to meet her some day!  Even though she is in her 80’s now, she seems to be quite active.  It’s possible, I am not joking… I recently met up in Vancouver with Kecia Nyman, a supermodel from the 60’s.  We even went out for some cappuccino and cakes on Granville Island.  Who’d think of that, eh?

 

 

 

Her First Patent:

Patent number: 3914799
Filing date: Sep 25, 1974
Issue date: 1975

 

Update: as it is noted below by David from United States, Julie Newmar got famous through a Broadway musical called `the silk stocking`.  Here is the vintage poster picture I found from that show.