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Real Silk Hosiery Mills catalog and pin

 Collection — Folder: S1922
Identifier: S1922

Scope and Contents

This collection includes one shop-at-home catalog, circa late 1940s, from Real Silk Hosiery Mills, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana and one NRA pin.


  • circa 1945


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Real Silk began manufacturing lingerie and undergarments in 1922, under the leadership of J.A. and L.L. Goodman. At the company's peak its annual sales of women's hosiery reached 12 million pairs. Real Silk had some financial problems in the 1930's, but its difficulties soon subsided with the start of World War II. During the war the company manufactured parachute bomb sleeves and hosiery for male and female military personnel. In the 1950's the company's manufacturing operations were closed in Indianapolis. Today the building is used for condominiums and apartments.


0.03 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of two items.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from William B. Lewis, 1978/09. The pin was donated by Marcie Page on 2022/12/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/01/15 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2016/01/15 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid updated on 2022/12/15 by Lauren Patton.
Real Silk Hosiery Mills catalog and pin
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.